Bliss Carman's Letters to Margaret Lawrence 1927-1929

Edited by D.M.R. Bentley

Assisted by Margaret Maciejewski

Letter 26

Carolina Inn

Chapel Hill, N.C.

Thursday noon

3. November. 1927


Margaret darling, your Monday’s letter, brief but priceless, reached me in the morning just as I was leaving New Canaan,1 an[d] was a delightful bon voyage. My dear, you must not spoil this pampered thing with your lavish and loving praise. To say I am to carry loveliness to people, is sweet commendation, and exactly what we would wish to do. I only hope some touch of beauty reaches the audiences. I adore your fervor, your sincerity, your wisdom. I like, yes I love, anything as unmitigated in spirit as you are. Dull people are such a trial, and I cannot stand the tepid and half-hearted. Then in addition, all this you is so palpably akin and one with my inmost understanding, that no harm can come, it would seem.

Yes, I am sorry to be farther away instead of nearer. I would so gladly have had our reunion sooner. But it could not be. Also leaving New Canaan was an agony in itself. It always is, except when we all go up to the mountains for the summer. I abhore [sic] leave-takings, and separations. Every parting is a lesser death.

To say a good-by to a loved one, be it friend or lover, is to suffer a partial dissolution of one’s being. I nearly perish over it. Indeed nothing but these terrible concessions we have to make to iron conditions and circumstances, can justify separation between loving spirits. In very truth, nothing justifies it, but only partly excuses it. I wish we might never have to suffer it. But when that consummation arrives, I will be in another sphere that [sic] this, no doubt.

You are most generous to me, Margaret darling, and I am deeply grateful and happy in your abiding loving kindness and transcendent friendship.

So much love to you dear dear precious!




  1. On his reading tour. [back]