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Canadian National Telegraphs
Great North Western Telegraph Company
Canadian National Telegraph Company
Grand Trunk Pacific Telegraph Co.,
May 20, 1930.
Mr. F.F. Sherman Publisher,
578 Madison Ave.,
New York N.Y.
May 20, 1930 Mr.
Publisher, 578 Madison Ave.,
New York, N.Y.
May 20, 1930
Mr. F.F. Sherman 578 Madison Ave.,
New York, N.Y.
Dear Mr. Sherman:
An ill-fate seems to dog my efforts to get hold
of you on the occasion of every one of my infrequent visits to New
York. I promised
Mrs. Sherman when I called up your office on
Easter Monday at her suggestion, that I would call up again at 1 p.m.,
but circumstances made it impossible for me to call up until some
five or ten minutes after that hour, with the result that you had
gone, presumably for the day, as, although I tried twice later to get
you, I failed both times.
My reason for desiring to see you was to tell you
that I have undertaken, in collaboration with my friend
[Stanford] University, to do a bibliography of
Carman for a New York publisher, and to ask for such assistance in
connection with part of the work as you may be able to give me. My
part is to provide the annotations, Van Patten doing the collations,
and a big job I am finding it, although, of course, I have accumulated a great mass of data, during the 25 years or more I have been
interested in Carman.
I heard when in New York that you have long-since
disposed of your Carman collection, but am writing you this letter
on the chance that you may be able to give me some data which would
be useful to me.
The chief points on which I desire information are as follows:
What heading does the first broadsheet
Exile", etc. carry? Both the copies I got from you many years ago and
[Mitchell] Kennerley's — the only other copy I know of — have the heading
neatly cut off, apparently for some purpose, though what this can
have been I can't imagine.
What printing, if any, does the first pamphlet ("Death
in April") carry on the first cover? I have the only copy of this
Can you give me any information as to the number of
copies issued of any of Carman's numerous broadsheets? I found
among the Drake Co.'s Carman records one about "Marjory Darrow,"
which said that only 10 ort 12 copies were printed, and the old man,
upon enquiry, gave you as the authority for this statement.
Can you confirm that three or four sets of the first
edition of "Behind the Arras," were printed in brown ink, possibly
with the English imprint of the MacMillan Co., as intimated in your
Can you give me a bibliographical collation of the
suppressed Italian handmade paper issue of "A Painter's Holiday"
a nd would you care to add any details about the suppression of this
It may interest you to know that my tentative list of
Carman's regularly and privately issued books, pamphlets, broad —
sheets, leaflets, etc., books edited or with introduction by him,
books on him, and books contributed to by him totals about 165.
I shall be glad to hear from you in this connection
at your earliest convenience? I shall be glad also if you will be
so good as to let me know of any other authoritative source of
information about Carman's publications.
R.H. Hathaway 258 Garden Ave. Toronto 3, Ont.