New Canaan, Connecticut
tardy in writing because of an imperative. See Toronto
papers on Christmas eve.2
I have been in N.Y. twice this week and must go again
to-morrow for Xmas shopping! Many thanks for your entrancing
(and loving!) letters. It so piques my curious
mind to know all you have to tell of aforetime—of which
I know nothing knowingly. As to native-ness, certainly
the spring corn dance at San Felipe last May3
was disturbing to the roots of this being. I never felt
anything like it. Well, blessed soul, you know I will
stand by my loyalties as well as I can, for I do recognize
that as imperative.
your heart for the fairy godmother wish for a million—
some of it for me. Never mind. My moccasins are not
in holes yet; my mackinaw is stout and warm: my legs
still waggle and bear me up; and I have grape fruit,
cold bath, heavenly black coffee every morning; and
incomparable companionship—though few. What more, would
one? More poetry? Yes. And reading takes it out of one,
but also reading brings back as much at least as it
bread and butter. So I am all in all plus-er than minus.
No? The readings may be ordained, who knows?
use all of me you will, words, wit, or witless good
will. Also LOVE!!!
don’t call me master. I’m not any body’s that! It terrifies
Letter 38 n.2. [back]
December 24, 1927 issues of the major Toronto newspapers
contain nothing by Carman, but see Letter 45 n.
Carman had attended a ceremonial corn-planting dance
in San Felipe, New Mexico while on a reading tour
of Calfornia and Arizona from mid-March to mid-May,
1927. He must have witnessed the dance in early
May since he was back in New Canaan, Connecticut
by May 15 (see Letter 1). See Leslie A. White, "The
Pueblo of San Felipe," Memoirs of the American
Anthropological Association, 38 (1932), 51.