P.O. Dept., Ottawa,
I was obliged to give up my plan of staying in Montreal on my return.1 I found myself so much benefited by my sojourn at Digby in Nova Scotia, that I remained there later than I had at first intended, consequently I had no time at the end, and had to come straight home and get to work.2
I am very much obliged to you for your kind invitation, which I hope I may avail myself of some other season.
I am preparing to issue another little volume3 probably some time before spring and when it is out I shall have pleasure in sending you a copy.
My best regards to your wife and family.
Lampman had been travelling from about the middle of July of 1898. He was back in his office by mid-October, but fell terminally ill soon after his return to work. [back]
Alcyone was [published?] on 10 March 1899, a month to the day after Lampman's death on 10 February 1899. Twelve copies were prepared by the printers in Edinburgh as a gesture of condolence towards the bereaved family. Duncan Campbell Scott, in a dedicatory note written in the copy of Alcyone which he presented to Lorne Pierce in 1924 and which is now in the collection of Queen's University, recalled the following: "When Archibald Lampman died I cancelled the printing order for this book, reference to which you will find on p. xxi of the Memorial Edition. At the same time I asked Constable to print twelve copies; this copy is one of the twelve. James Ogilvy shown on the title page as publisher was a bookseller in Ottawa at that time" (Ottawa, June 25, 1924).[back]
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