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March 12, 1920
Mr. Peter McArthur,
Dear Mr. McArthur:
Thanks for your very prompt and hearty response to my letter of
18, intimating the desire of the committee in charge of the
Benefit that you should come down and give us a short talk about
as you knew him. I was sure, however, that you could not resist the
Jefferys tacked on to my letter.
It has been finally arranged that the benefit shall take place in
Convocation Hall on the evening of
Wednesday, March 31, and that the
program shall consist of “Readings, with comments, from his own poems,”
Siegfried Sassoon, the young English war poet, and “Personal
reminiscences by Bliss Carman,” by yourself. It is to be put on
ostensibly by the
Players' Club of the
University of Toronto, “in
association with the Arts and Letters Club,” but the
Arts and Letters
Club are chiefly responsible.
It is a big job we have taken upon ourselves, as
seats 1,500 people, and we have got to fill it at all costs. We have our
tickets out and the publicity work is under way, so make a note in your
diary in good black ink that you are booked to be in
Toronto on the
March 31 to tell an eager audience something about your old
I have had no late news about
Carman, but at last accounts it was
expected that he would leave
March 1. You, however, may have received definite information on
that point from other sources.
I told you in my letter that
Arthur Stringer had offered to come
down and speak about
Carman at the proposed Benefit, but there was some
uncertainty about his being able to be here on the date finally decided
upon, so that you are to give the sole Carman flavor to the evening's