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Feb. 5, 1930
Mr. Nathan Van Patten, Librarian, Stanford University, Stanford, Cal.
Dear Mr. Van Patten:-
Dr. Pierce has just communicated to
me the contents of your letter of Jan. 14 to him with regard
to my suggestion that I should join forces with you in completing the
Carman bibliography, and I feel that I must write
you without delay to express my appreciation of the wholehearted
way in which you have accepted my suggestion.
I need not say, I think that I could have
wished to do a Carman bibliography as the outcome of my long
standing interest in Carman and his work, (I have a book of his
which shows that it was bought in 1897), but I have had to relinquish the idea, owing to lack of time and energy. It will
give me a great pleasure, however, to co-operate with you in bringing to a completion the bibliography upon which you have been engaged for some years past.
I don't know anything personally of the
bona fides of the
Chocorua Press people, but I have already written
Mitchell Kennerley in
New York, asking his opinion about
them. In the meantime, I send you herewith the correspondence I
have had with them in connection with the Carman bibliography, in
order that you may see what they want.which please return.
You will notice that they suggest that I send
them a sample of a draft of the MS of the bibliography as proposed.
Could I ask you, therefore, to send me a copy of your description
of, say, "Low Tide on Grand Pre," in order that I might forward it
to the Chocorua Press people.
My own idea is that in the case of a series of bibliographies there should
be one uniform plan, but perhaps the better way would be to leave
each individual bibliographer to be guided by his personal preferences, as the Chocorua Press people suggest.
You will notice that in the first paragraph on page
two of his last letter
Mr. Leventhal indicates his belief that
a bibliography should give something of the human element connected
with each item. This, of course, is the proper idea of a bibliography, and I am ready to give all the assistance I can in
making the Carman bibliography as humanly interesting as is possible.
By the way, are you sure about th
separate issue of the
Phi Beta Kappa Poem (of which I have never heard before) being
Hovey's copy? This poem was written in 1914 and Hovey died about 1905.
Then, as to
Colum's tribute to Carman as published in The
Commonweal: If this is the article headed "Sanctuary," published towards the end of December, it is merely a reprint of Colum's introduction to the volume with that title which was issued by
Mead late last fall. If it isn't, I shall be glad if you will let
me know the date and title of the "tribute" you refer to, so that
I [ma] y get a copy of the Commonweal issue containing it.
I shall be glad to hear from you, dear Mr. Van Patten, at
your earliest convenience.
R. H. Hathaway, 258 Garden Ave., Toronto 3, Can.