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Canadian National Telegraphs
Great North Western Telegraph Company
Canadian National Telegraph Company
Grand Trunk Pacific Telegraph Co.
Toronto 2, Ont,
June 20, 1930
Mr. F. F. Sherman, 578 Madison Ave.,
New York, N.Y. Dear Mr. Sherman:
Thanks for your letter of May 28 and for the
information you sent me later regarding
I am glad to learn that the story that you had
disposed of your Carman collection is unfounded. I did not
think it could be otherwise in view of the great admiration
I know you had for both Carman the man and Carman the poet,
and merely mentioned it as something which I had heard.
I have never seen a copy of "Harmonics," and
have never tried to get one, as I understood it to be by
Hovey. I don't recollect now whether I got this idea from
Carman himself or from
Kennerley, but it certainly was from
one or the other.
Vrest Orton, in American First Editions,
includes it under Hovey's name, though he says that "exact
information" about its authorship is lacking. The title
strikes me as one Hovey rather than Carman would use, and
the fact that the make-up corresponds to that of Hovey's
first two books, seems to me further to point to Hovey as
Am I right in assuming that you have a copy
of the first broadsheet ("A Woman's Exile," etc.), and that
it, like the one I got from you years ago, and like Kennerley's, is without heading? Yes And do you know of any other
copy or copies in existence? No
Drake told me of selling a
copy some time ago to a man named
Shea or (
Pittsburgh, who has since died, but he could not recollect
whether it had a heading or not, None had a heading
me. I'm anxious to get information on this point.
I got from you at the same time as the first
broadsheet another containing "Pulvis et Umbra," etc., but
cut in two. Kennerley's copy also is in two pieces. Assuming that you have a copy, may I ask whether it, too, is in
single sheet form or in two pieces? Carman told me that,
as originally issued, it was in single sheet form.
Yes Pulvis et Umbra dated Arrochar, July 1890 & beginning of Wayfaring on
(1) end of latter and The End of this Trailon
Have you, or do you know of, any other broadsheets than those listed in your Check List? I have traced
four such: " Tidings,"1889; "Signal," 1889; "Crispin Hjorward,"
1892, and "Olaf Hjorward", 1892.
My Check List
I shall be glad to hear from you further at
R.H. Hathaway Address R.H. Hathaway, 258 Garden Ave., Toronto 3, Ont. The two you mention of 1889
I know nothing of--and
evidently Bliss did not remember (if they are his?)
The third sounds as if it must be O.K.
but Bliss did not remember it
As to the "Harmonics", while it may be Hovey's, it
Herbert Small's effects, with a youthful
portrait of Bliss, which I very highly treasure -
Bliss was resident in
Washington, D.C. as well as
Hovey in those early days, they were inseperable, and
it would have been quite natural for Hovey's
printer to do a poem for Bliss in the manner
he did Hovey's things. It reads more like the
former than the latter.