47 Glencairn Ave
Feb. 25, 1954.

Dearest Syllabub:

'Economics' is a loveless thing, God wot! How did you get railroaded into that science for editing? What a mess I would have made of it if I had been in your place! I know you would like to get into the literary or artistic field. Perhaps the next book will be in it.

We are looking forward to the visit after Easter very much. The Belleview Hotel seems quite satisfactory. Whatever you do by way of tickets will be agreeable to us. We start with Carmen. As this is a holiday for us, get the best things going. But don't start us going before 10 a.m. There are bed and breakfast to be considered and an hour or two meditating Plato-wise through the window.

No, no you must not be out one simolio. It's our treat – that's the original understanding. Don't draw on your reserves.

Cal and Karl are improving. We got a letter from Rita this morning which reports progress.

Your mother's anniversary went off splendiferously. One would think it was Christmas by the way the mantelpieces are littered with cards. I suppose she told you about the wrist-watch with the chain bracelet which does not have to be clasped or unclasped. Chris and Vo Love sent her a plant from Simpson's flower shop.

On Saturday Art Phelps speaks to the U.W. Club and we are putting on a tea at our house afterwards. This means I have to stay home all day preparing sandwiches, soufflés and trifles, with Winnie helping out of course. I am studying cook books now with more concentration than I ever put on Pauline Eschatology, Lord help his humble servant! I need his help considerably. But it will be all over Saturday evening and then I can go to bed.

In a few minutes I take your mother to Irene Clarke's for lunch. Then she goes to the Granite Club to address 200 dames on poetry for ten minutes.

It's about time now.


visit after Easter
He and Viola were planning to visit Claire in Boston.

are improving
See the letter to Claire Pratt, 10 February 1954.

mother's anniversary
Her birthday on 22 February.

Pauline Eschatology
St. Paul's doctrine of 'last things,' the subject of Pratt's doctoral dissertation in 1917.