New Canaan, Connecticut
I am just back from the Maritimes, N.S. especially,
a great part of the heart of Canada. Mine at any rate.
miss your letters. But the more I welcome your essay
on the Wells.2
Truly an essay and the best thing of yours I have read.
Memorable and masterly. Keep on. This Saturday
Night is the best paper in
Canada. The Atlantic3
went to N.S. for ten days. It became a month.4
Half a livetime [sic]—and more—was given back to me.
Overwhelmed with love I sank almost without a bubble
in a sea of sentiment. Only saved by the hand of Allah
the All-merciful with a grip on his child’s hair. . . . Grand
Pré after untold years!5
It cannot be told. Only a woman would understand, and
a comprehender of Wells.
loving friend was born again, and would have a new name,
if the Wisdom of the Occultists could be actualized.
What says my Celtic seeress?6
Carman was in the Maritimes from "early October"
to about the beginning of November (see Letter 70
n.3), this letter was probably written on November
"The World of Mr. Wells," Lawrence’s review
of The Book of Catherine Wells (1928) and
The Open Conspiracy (1928) by the British
author Herbert George Wells (1866-1946), Saturday
Night, October 6, 1948, 8. [back]
Atlantic: the American magazine of "Literature,
Science, Art, and Politics" (subtitle) founded
in 1857 and regarded very highly by Carman. [back]
Letter 70 n.3. [back]
Pré on the western coast of Nova Scotia was the
inspirational setting for Carman’s "Low Tide
on Grand Pré" (1893), written in June, 1886.
Letter 34 n.7 and Letter 66. [back]