November 18th, 1953
Some of the late Pelham Edgar's friends would like very much to have Allan Barr's excellent portrait of him purchased for Victoria University.
Dr Lorne Pierce has offered to head the subscription list with $100.00, and has asked me to convene a Committee for the purpose of soliciting contributions from former colleagues and students of Dr Edgar.
The Fund will be known as The Pelham Edgar Portrait Fund, and contributions from $5.00 to $25.00 will be appreciated.
It was Dr Edgar's wish that this portrait would be hung in Victoria University. It is an excellent likeness and is considered one of the finest examples of portrait painting in Canada.
Those of us who were his colleagues or students and remember him with affection have welcomed this opportunity to do something tangible to honour his memory. Your name has been suggested as one who might like to be considered in this category, and I am writing, therefore, to give you an opportunity to contribute, if you wish to do so.
In the event that we are unable to reach our objective, contributions will be returned to the donors.
Cheques should be made payable to Margaret V. Ray, in Trust, The Library, Victoria University, and should be earmarked for The Pelham Edgar Portrait Fund.