Haines Falls, N.Y.
8. July. 1928
Dear, darling, adorable, precious, angelic, sweet,
and GENEROUS Margaret:
I want at once the sonnet on Pauline Johnson by
Wilson MacDonald.1 Do I get it? Could
you be so good and
prompt as to copy it and send it?
True my "Copy" has gone in for the
Anthology,2 but I have a few odds and ends to
add, some of Wilson, some of Norwood3 &
If you are awfully GOOD as well as the other
aforementioned things, you will add a word of love also. No?
Have a heart!
B. or C.
The sonnet in
question, "Pauline Johnson," appears in Songs
of the Prairie Land, and Other Poems (1918), the first
collection of verse by the Canadian writer Wilson Pugsley MacDonald
(1880-1967). MacDonald published several more volumes during his
long creative career, but only two others would have been known to
Carman: The Miracle Songs of Jesus (1921)
and Out of the Wilderness (1926). [back]
See Letter 63
(1874-1932) was a Nova Scotia-born poet and clergyman who moved to
the United States in 1917 and thereafter divided his life between
his parishes in Philadelphia and, after 1925, New York. An eloquent
and controversial preacher, he published several volumes of prose
expounding his liberal Christianity and numerous collections of
poetry: Driftwood (1898),
His Lady of the Sonnets (1915), The
Piper and the Reed (1917), The
Modernists (1918), and Mother and
Son (1925). The Witch of Endor,
a closet drama, appeared in 1916, Bill Boram,
a narrative poem, in 1921 and Issa,
a meditative poem, in 1931. [back]