Letter from Bliss Carman to Rufus Hathaway, April 14, 1915: a machine-readable transcription.

Author: Carman, Bliss,1861-1929

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Letter from Bliss Carman to Rufus Hathaway, April 14, 1915.

Author: Bliss Carman

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Print copy consulted: Harriet Irving Library, Archives and Special Collections, The Rufus Hathaway Collection of Canadian Literature, Folder number 462.

The Rufus Hathaway Collection of Canadian Literature.

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English non-fiction; prose Carman, Bliss,1861-1929--Correspondence Hathaway, R.H. (Rufus Hawtin),1869-1933--Correspondence Manuscript pages
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New Canaan,

14. April.1915
My dear
Mr. Hathaway :

Your generous and most
welcome letter of greeting
is here, making it seem
very nice to be going to
have a birthday to — morrow,
even though one has had
so many and such happy
ones. At what age should
you say a man ( or any
mortal ) ought to be allowed
to lapse into ageless

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immortality ? The date
is not to be too long postponed in this free country,
when men and things soon
become an old story, and
celebrities are not allowed
to enjoy their fame very
long. The lesser lights,
and the inconspicuous devotees of the muses, like
your modest correspondent,
are apt to fare better
since they escape the
pressure of competition at

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the top. So I count myself fortunate to be tucked
away in a kindly salubrious
corner of one of the smaller
states where our chief concern is with the weather
and the roads, and where
a timely letter of remembrance
like yours comes as an
Event — another note of cheer
in harmony with the robins
and the bluebirds, giving a lyric
lift to beautiful and ever
blessed April.

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I am glad you find something to write about in any
of my prose or verse; and I know
or believe that I have come.
upon a very valuable philosophy —
if one may use so large a word
in regard to one's personal
faith and creed. At the same
time I assure you it is
only the creed itself that seems
of any value in my eyes. I
am myself the merest learner,
with a small gift, but with an
incurable optimism.

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I have not written much
lately. The war, of course,
makes that impossible.

I don't recall what
photograph I sent your
Mr. Hammond
The enclosed cut is from
a rather recent snap — shot
and is very good, but unfortunately the negative has been
lost, and I am out of other
good photographs just now.

Please give my very
best regards to those other
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good friends in Toronto
who joined in that
handsome Tribute which I
shall not forget.

By the way, you will
be interested to know that

F. F. Sherman is printing
a check — list of my books
and pamphlets — quite

With best wishes
Very heartily yours

Bliss Carman