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July 3, 1930
Mr. Nathan Van Patten,
Dear Mr. Van Patten:
I duly received your letter of June 2, but,
unfortunately, have been delayed by pressure of work in
I am sending the 1890 Toronto edition of
"Low Tide on Grand Pre" to you by this mail under separate
cover, and enclose invoice in duplicate as you request.
Mr. Leventhal, of the
Chocorua Press, has
sent [me] contract in triplicate for the publication of the
bibliography, one copy of which I forward to you herewith
for your information. You will note that it does not show
your first name, and in explanation of this Mr. Leventhal
says that I have never mentioned it in my correspondence with
him. This, however, is a mistake, as I gave it in my very
first letter to him.
This contract seems to me to be all right,
but Mr. Leventhal has rather flabbergasted me by intimating
"that there should be kept in mind the necessity of including
in the bibliography a complete list of
Carman's poems in
alphabetical order-each poem to be followed by the name of
the book in which it first appeared, as well as mention of
any periodical publication prior to book publication," adding:
"In this list should also appear the names of
Carman's books, followed by a list of the contents thereof.
If more than two or three of Carman's poems have appeared in
any one periodical prior to book publication, the list should
contain the name of the periodical, followed by the names of
the poems that have appeared therein. Mention of periodicals
should, of course, include date of issue in every case."
Mr. Leventhal suggests that it would make it
easier for everyone concerned if this index were compiled on
ordinary 3 x 5 inch filing cards, with but one entry on a card,
and intimates that perhaps you would compile the index while I
am working on the notes, and I enclose the sample he sent me of
the form to be followed.
I, of course, have much data on the original
publication of Carman's poems, but Mr. Leventhal clearly has
no idea of the huge task he would impose on us, as Carman
during a period of forty years published at least 900 poems,
many of which appeared in obscure and long since dead publications,
as it would take a tremendous amount of work to trace them
all up, even if such was at all possible.
As a matter of fact, with not less than 175
items at least to be severally collated and annotated, in
addition to the listing of all the articles on Carman and his
work which have appeared in books and periodicals, it was my
intention to suggest that the lists of contents of Carman's
various books be omitted from the collations, mention, however,
to be made in the notes of any poems which had previously
appeared either privately or in other books. If the book is
to be provided with such an index as Mr. Leventhal proposes,
however, it will mean a much more extensive publication than
he begins to suspect.
I haven't written Mr. Leventhal on this point
as yet, as I should like to have your opinion about it first.
Personally, it seems to me that the proposed index is out of
the question under any circumstances, unless we--you and I --
are prepared either to enter upon what must be months of research
work, to include
elsewhere, or to employ someone to do it for us.
Please let me hear from you fully as to
your views as soon as possible.
Yours truly, Address
R.E. Hathaway 258 Garden Ave., Toronto 3, Ont. Encl.