Bliss Carman's Letters to Margaret Lawrence 1927-1929

Edited by D.M.R. Bentley

Assisted by Margaret Maciejewski

Letter 23


New Canaan, Connecticut

27. October. 1927



Dear Margaret—dear! Oh, yes, nothing is wrong. Everything is very very right and heavenly. You must have had a letter soon after this last brief line which is just here.

If there was delay it was only after getting those two supreme letters of yours—with all of you in them. It was like passing through an ordination. Meaning so much that I was rather up and off and away. And yet all the while with a strange inner serenity and a calm like a long sigh of relief. Have no fear, beloved soul!

I am as well as possible and happy too.

You see how nice my dear Jack of Hearts1 is! I am sure you will find him helpful and I believe he will find you so too. Get him to recommend your going to Quebec and Montreal first.

I was in New York to-day securing transportation to North Carolina.2 I leave here on the 2nd and read at the University of N.C. at Chapel Hill on the third. I will send you my itinerary. My surest address will be c/o Professor A.J. Armstrong3, Waco, Texas. He is my manager. I have made up my program and all [sic] getting all read[y] to start. All new country to me. Quite an adventure. I dread leaving New Canaan, but one must have faith and cultivate a stout heart.


Bless you ever



  1. John Murray Gibbon (see Letter 7 n.3). [back]

  2. See Letters 4 n.2 and Letters 25-38. [back]

  3. A. Joseph Armstrong (1873-1954), the Chariman of the Department of English at Baylor University in Waco, Texas from 1912 to 1942, is remembered primarily for the collection of materials related to Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning that now forms the nucleus of the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor. Armstrong began collecting Browning material before the First World War, and in 1918 the University alloted space ("The Browning Room") in the Carroll Library for his collection, which by the mid-nineteen twenties included numerous manuscripts, first editions, Robert Wiedemann Barrett Browning’s Portrait of [Robert] Browning and three American-made stained glass windows illustrating "The Pied Piper," "The Guardian Angel," and "How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix" (see Letter 36). In December 1927, Armstrong published an account of his Browning collection as the first monograph in the Baylor University Browning Interests series. Armstrong is also remembered for "providing central Texas with artistic and cultural and intellectual influences from other. . . parts of the world" by "promot[ing] appearances by. . . prominent poets, artists and other outstanding personalities," including Robert Frost, Vachel Lindsay, Amy Lowell and Carl Sandburg (Jack Herring, "‘A Local Habitation’: the Brownings at Baylor," Browning Society Notes 10.1 [1980], 8.) See Lois Smith Douglas, Through Heaven’s Back Door: a Biography of A. Joseph Armstrong (Waco, Texas: Baylor UP, 1951). [back]