Bliss Carman's Letters to Margaret Lawrence 1927-1929

Edited by D.M.R. Bentley

Assisted by Margaret Maciejewski

Letter 11

New Canaan, Connecticut

27. September. 1927


Margaret, I sent you to-day a few postcards1 marking "A Vagabond’s Progress" from [   ] the hills to his home-town.2 (Or at least his American New England home town. Canadian home town being Vancouver[.])

To say truth it was a beautiful all-alone journey, and the sight of the blue Catskills, as we passed down the Hudson by train was in-spiring. They stood vague as mist against the sky. It is an experience of the spirit every year anew—a double experience—the going up nearer to where the gods dwell, and the coming back to the habitations of men.

Connecticut country is very soft and lovely in this late Summer. Such magnificent dense shade of enormous trees, great maples everywhere by country roads and town and village streets. A garden it is.

I fear I didn’t see much at the Campbells’ party,3 but I can see a fair golden sunny head. And I remember it said goodby to me at the door. But that was enough for the time, and praise be time runs forward as well as back.

Don’t make the between letters time too long, will you! Dear person!


  1. See Letter 12. [back]

  2. New Canaan (see Letter 1 n.1). [back]

  3. The home of Austin Campbell (1884-?) and his wife at 178, Huron Street in Toronto was a gathering place for artists and writers at this time. Austin Campbell contributed short stories to Saturday Night and published a historical romance, The Rock of Babylon (1931) and a collection of poems, . . . They Shall Build Anew (1944) (see Clara Thomas, Canadian Novelists, 1920-1945 [1946]). It was seeing Carman at one of the Campbells’ parties that prompted Lawrence to initiate her correspondence with him (see Introduction xi). [back]