The Rufus Hathaway collection of Canadian literature. Vertical file. Folder 535.
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Jan. 21, 1920.
Mr. Mitchell Kennerley,
489 Park Ave.,
New York, N. Y.
Dear Mr. Kennerley:
Let me thank you for forwarding my recent enquiry about
Mrs. Mary Perry King. It brought out a very full and explicit letter
Mrs. King about
Mr. Carman's physical and financial state, and as
a result I have been able to get a number of friends to give something of
their surplus to the fund which has been started here on
behalf. I have also interested the Arts and Letters Club, an organization
of artists and writers, and it is proposed to put on a benefitentertainment at which
Arthur Stringer and
Peter McArthur may tell something of
their recollections of
Carman. Poems of his may be read and others set
to music may be sung. I believe that a number of
Carman's Sappho songs
have been set to music by an English composer named
I write to ask whether you can confirm this, and also whether you can
put me in the way of getting these songs and others you may know
of. Personally I know of only one
Carman song set to music,namely,
"Morning," which was published in 1892.
Mrs. King's letter and the appeals which have been published in
Mr. Carman's behalf by
Franklin Adams and
Dr. Frank Crane would indicate
that our poet is in a bad way, but we must hope and pray that he shall
be spared to us for some time yet.
ADDRESS:258 Garden Ave.