Bliss Carman's Letters to Margaret Lawrence 1927-1929

Edited by D.M.R. Bentley

Assisted by Margaret Maciejewski

Letter 38

The Menger, San Antonio

25. Nov. 1927



Dear Margaret: The last City is the best of all—and the only except New Orleans, with atmosphere or historic association.1 All the others are copies of Toronto or New York. Texas has a story, and this hotel with no 600 rooms and baths is most delightful. Shady interior court with palms &c. I had Thanksgiving dinner with Dr. Armstrong in Waco and came on here in the afternoon. It is some 18 hours trip from Oklahoma, but worth the effort.

Best of all there was your last letter to Baylor quite irresistible— You Shiela!2 I don’t know that you can improve on that name, but I shall defer until you are sure.

When you want a retreat to write your great Canadian novel, I recommend The Menger, in San Antone—as they call it.


In haste



  1. San Antonio, founded as the Franciscan mission of San Antonio de Valero in 1718, figured in France-Spanish rivalries, Mexican and Indian incursions, the Mexican-Spanish War, and the Texas Revolution. It was besieged and captured in the Battle of San Antonio (1835-1836) and in the historic siege of the Alamo (1836). [back]

  2. In a letter of November 19, 1927, Lawrence tells Carman that Albert Durrant Watson used to call her Sheila, which here, as subsequently, he spells "Shiela." [back]