Letter 73

B.C.

New Canaan, Connecticut

6. October.1 1928

 

 

Margaret dear:

 

Here I am just back from the Maritimes, N.S. especially, a great part of the heart of Canada. Mine at any rate.

I 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 awaits you.

I 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.

Your 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

 

Love

 

B


  1. Since 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 6. [back]

  2. Probably "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]

  3. The Atlantic: the American magazine of "Literature, Science, Art, and Politics" (subtitle) founded in 1857 and regarded very highly by Carman. [back]

  4. See Letter 70 n.3. [back]

  5. Grand 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. [back]

  6. See Letter 34 n.7 and Letter 66. [back]