47 Glencairn Ave.
August 23, 1954
Dear President Gushue:
I think that our good friend Sid over-rated my influence with the moneyed people of Toronto. In fact, the only one he mentioned in that list whom I knew is J.S. McLean. I never met Eaton, or Tory or Taylor and I never exchanged any conversation with Edgar Burton. I recently tried out J.S.M. in the interest of the National Health Movement but couldn't get a cent. Besides, Victoria College is in the throes of a campaign for badly needed funds and I imagine that all the tycoons that Sid mentioned will soon be approached.
There is a further consideration. My daughter has to undergo a serious spinal operation in Boston which will necessitate the presence of my wife and myself for at least three months this Fall. If Sid could stand that Luncheon, and I were in Toronto, I should be glad to be present. Otherwise I think that the best procedure would be to write an explanatory letter to the 'prospects' and then on your arrival in Toronto you might get in touch with them.
When it comes to gathering in funds I fear I am a weak reed. My good wishes in any case.
over-rated my influence
National Health Movement