Saturday pm.
[Fall 1953]

Duck:

What do you think of this effusion by an anonymous author? In case you have forgotten some English politics the 'handsome Pinstripe' is Eden who always wears stripped trousers, and Rob is R.A. Butler Chancellor of the Exchequer.

What they can do with Hiawatha! It was made for parody.

We may telephone this evening.

Love,
Father

Keep Winnehaha and some day return it.


anonymous author
The satire is by British cartoonist, musician and broadcaster Gerard Hoffnung (1925-59).

Eden
Anthony Eden, long-serving Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, would become Prime Minister in 1955.

Hiawatha poem
The Song of Hiawatha (1855) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow recounts the story of Ojibway warrior Hiawatha and his tragic love for Minnehaha. As Pratt observes here, the poem's distinctive meter (trochaic tetrameter) lends itself to parody.

Winnehaha
The title of the parody is a play on 'Winston Churchill,' Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940-45 and 1951-55.