New Canaan, Connecticut
2 Feb 1928
Hog Day, and fine and sunny as Arizona. Mr. Ground Hog
could have seen his shadow all day long if he had the
nerve to stay out. No doubt he is sound asleep again
for another six weeks.
delightful MSS. arrived this morning
and the more delightful (because more personal) letter
came this evening. Many thanks dearest Margaret Madeleine!
like all three immensely. Read the Hall1
first, as it was on top, in the post office, couldn’t
wait, and was joyous over it. NEVER
try to do the conventional. Fatal! It only confirms
my first conviction that you have the gift, the incommunicable
touch. You and no one else. Glad they had the sense
to "see" it. Also I liked the Queen2
greatly and old Lescarbot.3
Both most excellent. No criticisms to make,— except,
keep on, and never rush.
am glad you are going to do one on Francois Felipe4
soon. I am very eager to have you the first in the field—after
what has already been done. Don’t pinch it. Take all
the space you want or need. Don’t think of the possible
market, paper or magazine, and write to please yourself.
You can do the subject, so far as you know it, better
than anyone. No one can do the heretofore. All that
can be got of the past is, impressions that other survivors
may have. That is all that L.P.5
can get, of course. But I am sure you will get more
of the "inside information". Shepard’s book6
is good, too. I am sorry not to have any prose here.
The one prose book you need most is "the making
It has all the philosophy up to that time and until
a very few years ago, when Troward8
came into view and, of course, modified the Evolutionary
poetry is everywhere full of characteristic thought—even
at times perilously verging on the didactic.
I’ll tell you all about it. Only go ahead and make up
your own mind, and put down your own impressions of
here and now, alive and loving.
don’t mean you should hurry it. There will be plenty
of time for you to be first in view. That is all I want.
secret. I may do an "Oxford Book of Canadian Verse".11
Heaven defend me. But don’t tell. It is not certain.
night, dear thing!
fairly brief, fairly long, essay such as could get into
print now, would perhaps be best at present. That would
preempt you rights.