Letter 2


P.O. Dept.Ottawa,
6 Sept. '88            

Dear Mr. Lighthall,

     In regard to the enclosed,1 certain sonnets among those I sent you, viz.  "The Loons",2 "An old Lesson from the fields,"3 & "Despondency"4 were from Scribner's magazine, and if you should decide to use them, no doubt permission would have to be obtained from the Scribner's.  One piece entitled, I think, "Unrest"5 was from Lippincott's, and there's a number of pieces from The Week.

Yours very truly,   
A. Lampman       


  1. W.D. Lighthall had invited Lampman to submit some poems for Lighthall's forthcoming anthology, Songs of the Great Dominion: Voices from the Forests and Waters, the Settlements and Cities of Canada (London: Walter Scott, 1889). Of the poems submitted, Lighthall used "Heat", "Clouds" [which is the title poem of Among the Millet], "Midsummer Night", "April", "An Old Lesson from the Fields", and "The Frogs". All appear to have been drawn from Lampman's first collection, Among the Millet, which was published later that year.  Although Lampman sent Lighthall a copy of the book [see Letter 3], Lighthall dated the collection incorrectly as having been published in 1889, and cited its title as In the Millet in the "Contents" and in his "Notes [:] Biographical and Bibliographical" in the "Appendix" to Songs of the Great Dominion.[back]

  2. "The Loons" first appeared in Scribner's in September 1887.[back]

  3. "An Old Lesson from the Fields", also called "A Lesson from the Fields," appeared in Rouge et Noir and Scribner's in November 1887.[back]

  4. "Despondency", a sonnet beginning with "Slow figures in some live, remorseless, frieze," appeared in Scribner's, in June 1888. [back]

  5. "Unrest", also called "Song" and "All day upon the Garden Bright," was originally published in Among the Millet. It did not appear in Lippincott's until September 1914.[back]