47 Glencairn Ave. June 13, 1956
Tell Reg I am honoured in having his interest in my verse.
I never expected that Rachel would ever see print. I wrote [it] in 1917 and read it to a group of friends. A man named Alf Good asked to go over the ms. and the next thing I knew he had a limited number printed in New York in soft covers and without the name of either printer or publisher. It was distributed just among friends.
I didn't think much of the poem upon a re-reading a year afterwards and decided not to include it in Newfoundland Verse, except its conclusion. Later on I omitted it from the Collected Poems. It is very imitative of Wordsworth at a low level, though I think that conclusion in N.V. has some good lines.
I cannot find a copy anywhere which doesn't make me weep anyway. A possession of it might do so.
Give my most cordial greetings to Reg and take a good share of affection for yourself and Margaret.
Vi and Claire send their regards. Ned.