New Canaan, Connecticut
16. October. 1927
Darling: Certainly I will write to Murray Gibbon1
at once. He is a beloved and lovable "Jack of Hearts"
to me, and most approachable. It will be an easy letter
to write, as I wholly believe in your capacity and ability
to be of service to him—as I shall say. I am delighted
at the prospect. Just what you need. Some congenial
tasks that will give you sweet bread and butter and
not detach you from your chosen field. I would on no
account see you forced to abandon your writing. And
Canada must find you a place somewhere, as I believe
it will be finely advantageous for you and your future
to see as much of Canada as possible. Indeed imperatively
necessary. Work with the C.P.R. should give you a fine
start, and allow you to live at times in Quebec and
Montreal, as well as to visit the West. Murray Gibbon
did invaluable things for Morris Longstreth,2
author of Books on the Catskills and Adirondacks. He
suggested the Book on the Laurentians and the North
Shore of Superior which Longstreth did. And also the
story of the Mounted Police which is not yet finished.
must know New York too for a brief residence, for you
will need to know Americans on their own ground—and
not New York only. N.Y. is the best and only place on
this side of the sea for painters and musicians to settle
and make their beginning fight. The only place where
they can hear and see enough. But for a writer I don’t
think it necessary to the same extent,—unless he or
she were training for newspaper work or in need of an
editorial desk job—which would be the last
thing for you. Deadly. All you need is short experience
of N.Y., Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, New Orleans
&c, and in time a longer experience of London—the
unique capital of the world.
be sure to read the opening article of the October Atlantic.3
Then you will know just what all old-race Americans
feel about England, and just what I feel
about America. Why I am fond of true Americans and why
I deplore so much of the present trend of affairs here
to-day. As the author does. It is a fine essay.
hopes and best wishes!
are a darling Margaret.