The Menger, San Antonio
25. Nov. 1927
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.
of all there was your last letter to Baylor quite irresistible—
I don’t know that you can improve on that name, but
I shall defer until you are sure.
you want a retreat to write your great Canadian novel,
I recommend The Menger, in San Antone—as they call it.
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]
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."