New Canaan, Connecticut
Near Christmas ‘27
and eons of silence and the insuperable performance
of posting things, and the more terrible dread of forgetting
someone, the fallability [sic] of lists and address
books, the countless licking of stamps, and over all
the thankgodfulness of having
so many to send things to.
New York yesterday I saw John Murray Gibbon.1
He spoke about you and will see you in Toronto. I wish
I could have lunch today at Wellington Arms and
REST. And smoke and talk.
doing very well[.] Oxford Press is very pleased. I hope
you like it[.] I have got off all my cards and books
now except Texas, and will finish that to-day.
news yet about California and the New Year.3
May be here[.] Wish I could do a smashing good poem
on the Southwest.
forget to read Toronto papers on Christmas eve! Yesterday
I am anyone[:] Francois. Felipe. Megalcap.4
Very small and feble [sic][.] Cheer up and put the come
hither in Murray Gibbon. Love
Letter 7 n.3. [back]
Oxford Book of American Verse (1927), edited
by Carman. On Christmas Day, 1927, he told another
correspondent that his anthology was "just
out . . . after . . . [a]
long wait" (Letters 355). Far from "doing
well," it "was so widely criticized for
omissions and inclusions as well as for bad copy-editing
that [Carman] immediately began a revised version
with the consent of the Oxford University Press"
(Gundy in Letters 355). [back]
was hoping to visit California early in 1928 (see
Letters 47, 56, and 78). [back]
from François Villon (see Letters 36 n.5 and Letter
40) and Felipe from San Felipe (?) (see Letter 43).
If, as seems very likely, Carman included his Christmas
card with this letter, "Megalcap" ("Megal"
meaning big) perhaps refers to the figure depicted
on the card, an elderly and jovial man clutching
a base fiddle and wearing a gray top-hat. The figure
is labelled "Willie Carman." The card
is inscribed "Margaret Lawrence thinks he is
an old dear, and has just slipped a piece of mince
pie in his pocket. He will now give her a few Victorian
airs." The card is contained in the Lawrence
bequest at Western. Its envelope is inscribed "Xmas
1927." See also Introduction x and Fig. 5 for
Carman’s fondness for "wide-brimmed hat[s]."
5: Carman in c. 1927.