Letter from R. H. Hathaway to Peter McArthur, January 21, 1924


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

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Letter from R. H. Hathaway to Peter McArthur, January 21, 1924


Author: R. H. Hathaway


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

The Rufus Hathaway Collection of Canadian literature


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 R. H. Hathaway to Peter McArthur, January 21, 1924


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Toronto,
Jan. 21, 1924

Mr. Peter McArthur,

Appin,

Ont,
My Dear McArthur:

Thanks for your letter of
Jan.19. Your intimation that
Roberts was
employed by the
Copp Clark Co. to write descriptive articles for "Picturesque
Canada
" is the first intimation of the kind I have ever had; in fact, I did
not know that the Copp, Clark Co. had anything to do with "Picturesque
Canada
". I know, however, that
Roberts contributed the article on
Nova Scotia
to "Picturesque Canada" and had always considered this a remarkable fact, as
he was then only about 21 years old, "Picturesque Canada" having appeared in
1881. This, however, puts it out of the question that he had anything to do
with the getting out of the little "Low Tide" pamphlet by the
Copp Clark Co.
I do not know how long
Roberts was associated with The Week, but he was
editor at the time
Carman's poem appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, and
I believe reproduced it in The Week, although I could not trace it on one
occasion when I looked up the file of that periodical in the
Public Library.

Those
Carman first editions of
Quinn's brought splendid prices considering
everything, but it is my belief that they are only the prelude of greater
things in that line to come. You will be interested to learn that the best
items all went to the Henry H. Huntingdon collection,
Huntingdon having
gathered in all the books of dead and gone writers of consequence, has now
turned to living writers, and has picked
Carman as one at least whose work
is going to endure.

By the way, I hear privately that there is a chance that the
University
of Toronto will honor
Carman with a degree at the next convocation. This, of


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course is something which should have been done long ago, but they are a
pretty conservative crowd up there. I have been working in my own way in
this connection for a long time; in fact I wrote a letter to The News some
10 or 12 years ago, suggesting that it was time that the University showed
appreciation of
Carman's work by giving him a degree.

Yours truly,