47 Glencairn Ave.
Toronto 12
Sunday [24 Oct. 1954]

Dearie:

We just got your telephone conversation with your statement that you wouldn't be in the cast till next Tuesday or Wednesday. It was good to hear your voice as always.

Cal just phoned. He is on his way back to Montreal, Ottawa and parts east. Now mother is phoning Aunt Nellie for a chat. And Edith Wilkinson phoned to say that she is picking us up at the Rosedale stop on the subway to go to the Minklers and from there to the Granite Club for lunch.

The guests are Mr & Mrs C.P. Snow the novelists from England. They are in love with Canada – hospitality everywhere. We saw them at a little party at Macmillans. John Gray had all the Snow books on the shelves – ten of them. We liked the pair very much. Your mother sat next to Mrs Snow at the U.W. Club lunch and found her delightful.

Last night I went to the Arts & Letters Club to hear Eric Aldwinkle speak on his trip to Russia. Twelve of us were invited. I declined because we knew that we would be shown just what they intended to put on exhibit. Only two went, Aldwinkle and Varley, but Varley took so much of vodka that in Aldwinkle's description Fred was out like a light. What he saw and learned was zero. They always had a couple of interpreters who not only interpreted but took photographs of Eric & Fred at every turn. They had the feeling that all movements were watched and transmitted to the authorities. What they wanted most was to see the inside of the homes of the people. This they were refused. Instead of that they were shown the Kremlin and the museums and public buildings particularly their fine university.

I went to the A. & L. Club with Hume Daykin and Arthur Daly.

The Daykins are taking us to the Symphony on Tuesday night and we are taking them to the York Club for dinner.

We may phone on Wednesday evening. If you can't answer perhaps the nurse will do so for you.

Good luck and love.
Father


trip to Russia
The trip was sponsored by the Canadian Soviet Friendship Society, of which Pratt had been an enthusiastic supporter in the past. (See the letter to W.R. Benét, 13 Aug. 1944.) However, the Cold War was now in full force. Fourteen prominent Canadians were invited on a cultural exchange, but only six accepted the invitation: Aldwinkle and Varley as well as puppeteer Michelain LeGendre, poet Charles Lemoine, and journalist Pierre St. Germain and his wife.