is a Southern Sunday and from the hotel it seems to
be about as merry as one in Toronto. However I am to
dine at the College at one o’clock and hope for diversion[.]
from last night, it should be forthcoming.
reading was very good, an audience of two to three hundred,
mostly students of the College.1
Converse College has 4 or 5 hundred students,
girls of about 16 on the average, I should judge, and
all very enthusiastic [—] many of them interested in
poetry. After the reading they swarmed up to the platform,
and I was terrorized for a moment. However they did
not come to a clinch, and I stood them off with a handshake.
But it was a close call. All very pretty and seemingly
voracious. I have to undergo the social ordeal or trial
by fire again after dinner, and to hold a conference
on the technique of poetry &c to-morrow. Prayers
for safety are in order.
Ah, well, the tour has actually started
off well, and has made a hit here as well as in Chapel
Hill. So that is a blessing. But as I go on I keep hearing
of more and more colleges and schools innumerable that
I never heard of before. For instance Duke University
at Durham near Chapel Hill is a new institution with
untold millions at its command,2
and there are a lot more in Texas than the few I am
to visit. Apparently one could fill a whole winter in
reading in the South and Southwest. Let us hope this
is only the beginning.
days and love to Margaret,—dear Love.
College. See Letter 28 n.2 and Letter 30. [back]
University in Durham, North Carolina, a co-educational
and private institution owned by the Methodist Episcopal
Church, operated under the name of Trinity College
until December, 1924, when it was incorporated under
its present name. [back]