P.O. Dept, Ottawa,
My dear Lighthall
I saw Mr. Matheson1 about the lost Savings Bank Book, and find that there is no index of any kind kept. Mr. Matheson will have another search made, but would like to know at what office the book was issued, and as near as possible the date. There is no reason that I can see why the account should not be found. The accounts of even five or six years standing now remaining open in the ledgers of the Savings Bank Office must be comparatively few in number and even if the office of issue were Montreal I should think it could be easily found. Please let me have the particulars required if possible, and I will see Mr. Matheson again.
My wife desires to be remembered to you and yours, and I am sure that my baby2 would express deep interest in yours, if she only knew how. She is not yet old enough to jump anywhere, but she has managed on one or two occasions to tumble out of bed, without apparent injury to herself, but much to the dismay of her parents.
Are they going to hold the meeting of the Royal Society3 this year in Ottawa? Nobody of my acquaintance seems to know.
Yours most sincerely
Lampman had been appointed, initially, to a junior
clerkship in the Savings Branch of the Post Office in January of 1883, but had been
transferred to the office of the Secretary of the Post Office Department late in 1884.
At the time when Lampman was writing this letter William Dawson LeSueur was
Secretary of the Department.[back]
Lampman was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1895, joining two other fellow poets of note on its roster, William Wilfred Campbell and Charles Mair. Lighthall was elected in 1905, and became President of the Society in 1918.[back]