Carman's Letters to Margaret Lawrence 1927-1929
by D.M.R. Bentley
by Margaret Maciejewski
New Canaan, Connecticut
27. October. 1927
Margaret—dear! Oh, yes, nothing is wrong. Everything
is very very right and heavenly. You must have had a
letter soon after this last brief line which is just
there was delay it was only after getting those two
supreme letters of yours—with all
of you in them. It was like passing through an ordination.
Meaning so much that I was rather up and off and away.
And yet all the while with a strange inner serenity
and a calm like a long sigh of relief. Have no fear,
am as well as possible and happy too.
see how nice my dear Jack of Hearts1
is! I am sure you will find him helpful and I believe
he will find you so too. Get him to recommend your going
to Quebec and Montreal first.
was in New York to-day securing transportation to North
leave here on the 2nd and read at the University of
N.C. at Chapel Hill on the third. I will send you my
itinerary. My surest address will be c/o Professor A.J.
Texas. He is my manager. I have made up my program and
all [sic] getting all read[y] to start. All new country
to me. Quite an adventure. I dread leaving New Canaan,
but one must have faith and cultivate a stout heart.
Murray Gibbon (see Letter 7 n.3). [back]
Letters 4 n.2 and Letters 25-38. [back]
Joseph Armstrong (1873-1954), the Chariman of the
Department of English at Baylor University in Waco,
Texas from 1912 to 1942, is remembered primarily
for the collection of materials related to Robert
and Elizabeth Barrett Browning that now forms the
nucleus of the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor.
Armstrong began collecting Browning material before
the First World War, and in 1918 the University
alloted space ("The Browning Room") in
the Carroll Library for his collection, which by
the mid-nineteen twenties included numerous manuscripts,
first editions, Robert Wiedemann Barrett Browning’s
Portrait of [Robert] Browning and three American-made
stained glass windows illustrating "The Pied
Piper," "The Guardian Angel," and
"How They Brought the Good News from Ghent
to Aix" (see Letter 36). In December 1927,
Armstrong published an account of his Browning collection
as the first monograph in the Baylor University
Browning Interests series. Armstrong is also remembered
for "providing central Texas with artistic
and cultural and intellectual influences from other. . . parts
of the world" by "promot[ing] appearances
by. . . prominent poets, artists
and other outstanding personalities," including
Robert Frost, Vachel Lindsay, Amy Lowell and Carl
Sandburg (Jack Herring, "‘A Local Habitation’:
the Brownings at Baylor," Browning Society
Notes 10.1 , 8.) See Lois Smith Douglas,
Through Heaven’s Back Door: a Biography of A.
Joseph Armstrong (Waco, Texas: Baylor UP, 1951).