21 Cortleigh Blvd.
Toronto Canada
[late Jan. 1953


I’ll get down to business first, before I comment critically upon that strange bird on what look like maple leaves adorning your Japanese card.

  1. (1) I am enclosing your letter from Sophie.
  2. (2) You can send me Fred Henderson’s Insurance documents as they are no use to you.
  3. (3) How is the financial situation with you? The mails take so long to come and go even by air.
  4. (4) Did you get the $300.00? As the Sun Life make out two cheques to me personally ($9.50 monthly and $23.25 quarterly totalling a little over $200.00, I have to cash them here and the suggestion is that I send the amount – from my Current to you. Otherwise new Policies would have to be made out, which would require signatures, affidavits and all the paraphernalia which may not be authorized by the main office at Montreal.
  5. (5) There are two Government bonds of one thousand each which do not require signatures as they are bearer bonds. I went to Adam and he suggested that they be sent to you in care of Young (First National Bank of Boston) one thousand now and the other later when necessary. They belong to you having been bought several years ago. He at once made out a draft to be placed at your credit at the First National. That, with what you have already ought to take care of the Dodge, and the other later ought to keep you going for some time. Let me know when you need it. The other was sent by telegram to offset mail delays – sent yesterday.
  6. (6) By the way, Macmillans paid me a handsome cheque for royalties last week. You can have two or three hundred of that a little later. Shall I remit this to the First National or to you direct when you know your new address?
  7. (7) Do not borrow from anyone in Boston. We have $8000.00 in registered bonds in the Bank vault – always accessible to you.
  8. (8) Elery & Ruth are peaches of the finest bloom.

Now alone that bird! The signature looks Japanese – but we are not sure! Mother and I spent a half-hour this morning trying to classify the darned bird. It has its mouth open like the a fledgling gasping for a worm. It isn’t a robin or a thrush or a wren or (God help me) a starling or a blue-bird. Neither is it anything resembling a bird in our breakfast-room chart. Explain this monstrosity pronto as it embarrasses us quite a lot. And your last letter was received on Monday Jan. 19th. How slow the mail is.

Don’t forget to telephone collect Sunday at 9 pm. We shall be in.

Hope you pass your test.

Much love,
Father and Mother

Fred C. Henderson
The family's insurance agent

the $300.00
See the letter to Claire Pratt, 21 January 1953.

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