Tracing Duncan Campbell Scott’s eclectic habits of mind through his essays on art, literature, and Indian affairs has proved an arduous but invigorating journey. Scott’s impetuous (sometimes run-on) prose is studded with casual references to writers from Chaucer to Heine, obscure points of law and orders-in-council, explorer journals, literary criticism and contemporary artists, to name but a few of his interests.
I would like to thank the following people for giving me the benefit of their expertise in these areas: Audrey Dubé, Office of the Curator, House of Commons; Antonella Dairone, Art Gallery of Ontario; Cpl. Lee Ramsden, Lord Strathcona Horse (Royal Canadians) Museum; Dr. Cameron Pulsifer, Canadian War Museum; Jean-François Bussieres, Canadian Museum of Civilization; the staff of Research Collections, Mills Library, McMaster University; Rowena Hart and Ron Dingman, Sir Richard Burton enthusiasts. Particular thanks to Tracy Ware of Queen’s University, who, with the help of George Henderson, located Scott’s 1924 essay on Lampman in the Lorne Pierce Collection, Queen’s University Archives, and graciously agreed to its inclusion in this collection. Internet resources such as Ian Lancashire’s Representative Poetry Online (University of Toronto), Matty Farrow’s Collected Works of Shakespeare, Bill Henderson’s Aboriginal Law and Legislation Online, as well as the pages and indexes of Canada’s National Archives, National Library, National Gallery, Department of National Defence, and Department of Indian and Northern Affairs were immensely valuable tools for conducting preliminary searches for information later substantiated in textual sources. The creators of these websites have my fervent gratitude.
Special recognition is due to James M. Good, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Western Ontario, for his generous support of this project and to D.M.R. Bentley, the General Editor of the Post-Confederation Poetry: Texts and Contexts series, whose grant from the Social [page ix] Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada made this edition possible and who throughout its production offered much encouragement and advice. Jessica Coffey, Kim Edmondson, and other staff of Canadian Poetry Press entered the text, often working from near-illegible and disorderly originals. I am also indebted to my husband, Brian Ritchie, for his assistance, patience, and understanding throughout this project.
Finally, I have enjoyed the privilege of collaborating with Stan Dragland. The detailed headnotes to each piece and the chronological ordering of the text itself are products of his extensive investigations into the Scott papers and related sources. His own published work on Scott served as an inspiration and a guide. I gratefully acknowledge his countless suggestions for improvement, and his help in reading through this manuscript.