47 Glencairn Ave
Toronto 12 Ont.
Wednesday [17 Nov. 1954]

Dear John:

Apologies for not immediately answering your letter but I have been in New York visiting my daughter who is in hospital for a complete spinal fusion, the result of polio some years ago. She will have to remain in a cast for more than a year, poor little girl. Vi is with her now and I shall go down again soon. Our visits will alternate. My eyes are still bothering me as you may infer from this script.

Glad you are coming to Toronto. I think it is a good venture. If I hear of an apartment I'll let you know, but since my retirement I have been living in a little flat on the outskirts of the city. Either Father Shook or Marshall McLuhan might be successful in locating something near St Michael's. I looked up the Globe & Mail but prices are not stated. Unfortunately the costs are high anywhere. We are paying $135 a month on a two-year contract. We may leave when the time is up.

The dog accommodation may pose a problem. Our contract prohibits one but there may be one available.

It will be good to see the both of you.

The best,
Ned Pratt

go down again soon
He often talked of making, indeed of having made, a second trip to New York to visit Claire, but there is no evidence that he actually did.

outskirts of the city
47 Glencairn Avenue was actually a duplex house and, while situated well north of the city centre, was hardly on its 'outskirts.'

St Michael's
Sutherland was planning to register as a student at St. Michael's College, University of Toronto. He had attended Queen's and McGill briefly in the late 1930s and early 1940s, but illness had intervened.