Letter from Rufus Hathaway to Peter McArthur, March 18, 1920

Author: Hathaway, R.H. (Rufus Hawtin), 1869-1933

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Letter from R. H. Hathaway to Peter McArthur, March 18, 1920

Author: R. H. Hathaway

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Source copy consulted: Harriet Irving Library, Archives and Special Collections.

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Recipient: Peter McArthur.

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English nonfiction; prose masculine Special Collections Hathaway, R. H. (Rufus Hawtin), 1869-1933 -- Correspondence McArthur, Peter, 1866-1924 -- Correspondence LCSH

Letter from Rufus Hathaway to Peter McArthur, March 18, 1920

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March 18, 1920.

Mr. Peter McArthur,


/ My dear McArthur:

I could wish personally, after reading your fine letter of March 14,
that you could have the whole evening of
March 31 to yourself, to talk
Carman and “spout” his poems to your heart's content: for I am
sure your enthusiasm for
Carman would prove contagious and set the whole
town ringing with his name. That, however, is now out of the question.
The original intention, I may say at once, was to have you speak first,
but it has been decided now to let
Sassoon have his stunt first and then
to give you the stage for twenty minutes tohalf-an-hour as you see best.

How are you as an auctioneer? Six or seven of our artist-members
have made posters for advertising purposes, which are to be auctioned off
for the benefit of the
Carman fund at the close of the evening, and it
has been suggested that you are the man to handle this part of the
programme. Your talk naturally would lead right up to this, and I doubt
if anyone would bring out better results than you would. There will be
a subscription list at the door and your appeal, therefore, will have a
psychological effect in that connection.

I have never met
Carman, but share, as well as anyone can who has
not been associated with him, as you have been, the enthusiasm for him
and his work which are evidenced in your letter, and which I have long
known that you possess. It is more than twenty years since I first fel l

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under the
Carman spell and it has never ceased to hold me; indeed,
I think its hold is stronger now than ever it has been. I have everyone
of his twenty-five or so regularly published books, with all their
variants, of edition, a goodly number of his privately issued things,
(including "St. Kavin") several manuscripts, and a whole heap of maga—
zines containing work of his and articles on him. We — you and I — must
have a good “crack” together about
Carman some time when you are in

Toronto for a few days.

I might say here, that I share your admiration for
"Pagan's Prayer "and it has been always a source of wonder to me that

Carman has never seen fit to include this in any of his published books.
It is, it is true, in the collected edition of 190 under the caption,
"The Great Return," but that is the only place where one may find it.

I have noted the desire you have expressed regarding tickets and
shall give it proper attention.

As to your enquiry about the chairman, Professor
E.A. Dale, President
of the
Players' Club of the University of Toronto, is to occupy this
position. This is necessary under the conditions of the University
governing the use of
Convocation Hall. It would have been a fine thing,
I am sure, to have
Premier Drury in the chair, but that, as you will see
is impossible. His interest in the affair is being sought, however, and
he, no doubt, in view of what you say about him, will do all he can to

Yours truly,