Thursday [23 Apr. 1953]


Your letter came yesterday and was devoured, all but the Candles.

I am drawing up a 'Grand Remonstrance' against any further reference to candles, their floating in water, and their beautiful rose-shape, etc., etc. You said they were lovely. Well, they may be for you but to me the manufacture of candle has a noisome effect. They have the smell of dead horses or decayed unsalted codfish. Ruth went over-board, you said. Of course, your meaning was that she was overwhelmed by them. I meditated on the significance of the term 'going overboard.' It has two significations:

(1) 'All out,' 'completely' won – 100% perfect, etc. etc. This was undoubtedly the effect on poor misguided Ruth.

(2) 'All in,' 'down and out.' That was the effect on me. Did you get any protest from the people of Concord or Boston?

There is another meaning to 'overboard' – 'lost on the sea from the rail of a ship.' Lord help us – I was sunk.

Did I tell you that I had been at Assumption College, Windsor? I saw enough wax for a lifetime, but fortunately, it was hard and didn't emanate odour. Please, Cayke, don't make any more or if you do, don't rhapsodize over the process of manufacture. There's a limit, you know.

Well, to turn to another subject. We have spent three days moving into 47 Glencairn and by Saturday we shall be there in the flesh. The apartment is perfect.

Don't work too hard and to heck with candles.


Grand Remonstrance
He refers jocularly to a document promulgated in 1649 by the English Parliament which, after cataloguing the misdeeds of King Charles I, attempted, among other things, severely to limit his powers.

47 Glencairn
A duplex apartment on Glencairn Avenue, three blocks north of Cortleigh Boulevard, Toronto.