Letter 3

P.O. Dept, Ottawa      
27 Dec. 1888              

My Dear Mr. Lighthall

     I have to thank you exceedingly for your friendly letter, and for the copy of "The young Seigneur."1  I am much encouraged and delighted by your kind expressions in regard to my little book.2  Your points of advice also will be of use to me; I shall avail myself of them, as far as I can.

     I sent copies of the book to the Montreal papers mentioned by you, but so far as I am aware they have not yet noticed it.   I suppose the Christmas time has kept their columns full.3  The sale of my book will be necessarily very slow and scattered. It is a sort of thing which must make its way gradually, I do not look for any immediate success.

     I have dipped into the "Young Seigneur," but have not yet had time to read any book, being busy with a variety of things; but I know by reputation that the reading of "The Young Seigneur" is something for me to look forward to.

     I wish you all the blessings of the seasons

Yours very sincerely   
A. Lampman               

  1. Lampman is here referring to The Young Seigneur; or, Nation Making (Montreal: Drysdale, 1888) which Lighthall published under the thinly francized pseudonym of Wilfred Châteauclair. An advertisement for this book was inserted as the first item in the unpaginated section at the end of Songs of the Great Dominion, [466]. The advertisement quoted from a review in the London magazine, The Academy, which said, in part, "The Young Seigneur is an ambitious book, for the author's aim is nothing less than 'to map out a future for the Canadian nation, which has hitherto been drifting without any plan.'  At the same time it is not a political work, for which the muse of fiction be thanked."[back]

  2. Among the Millet. It has been indicated that Among the Millet was published in the Spring of 1888 (see Sommers, "The Letters of Archibald Lampman in the Simon Fraser University Library", 52).  However, responses to, and reviews of this book suggest otherwise, and in the opening line of a letter from Charles G.D. Roberts written to Lampman on 16 November 1888, Robert says: "I am more than delighted to hear that your book is so soon to be out" (Sommers, "Lampman Letters at SFU", 170); and, Bliss Carman writing to Frank Dempster Sherman on 19 January 1889 says, "There is Lampman's new book too; Canadian, printed at Ottawa. It is well worth looking into if you run across it" (Gundy, Letters of Bliss Carman, 25). [back]

  3. A review of Among the Millet appeared in the Montreal Witness on 10 February 1889. [back]