am deeply indebted to R.J. Shroyer, whose encouragement,
unstinting gifts of time, and extraordinary knowledge
of computing have made this edition and the series of
which it is a part possible. It is with the greatest pleasure
and respect that I have dedicated this book to him.
thanks are also due to Susan Bailey for her word-processing
and proof-reading skills and for her many valuable suggestions
during research into the background of The Emigrant.
Gerard Stafleu and Michael Williams also helped with the
computing aspects of this edition, as did Carolyn Quick.
Wanda Campbell, William Parker, Tania Henley, and Heather
Vander Schaas made available very useful information,
and my colleagues Richard Green and R. M. Stingle contributed
generously from their great stores of knowledge to my
understanding of McLachlan's poem and its contexts. E.J.
Devereux was extremely helpful with the bibliographical
dimension of The Emigrant, and Other Poems and
Elizabeth Waterston gave this edition of The Emigrant
the benefit of her great knowledge of Canadian writing
and its Scottish background.
I am also grateful to the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for
the Research Grants that have enabled me to devote my
energy and attention to researching and editing early
Canadian long poems. The Department of English at the
University of Western Ontario has also been extremely
generous with its support; my thanks especially to its
Chairman, Alan Somerset, and administrative staff, Isabel
Austin, Sue Desmond, and Pat Dibsdale.
Last, but by no means least, to
my wife, Susan, and our three children, Michael, Simon,
and Diana, my gratitude for endless support and affection.