New Canaan, Connecticut
3. March. 1928
seems long since your last line, and I am hoping it
means "very busy," and not another ill spell.
days here pass peacefully, and filled with reading of
verse Canadian & American. Some good, some not so
good. And the work goes on.
went in to the City1
the other day and had luncheon with the dark Madeleine2
before she left for home3
after her long stay in New York. I fancy she well take
up her dramatic work there again. The great City is
not a very fostering place for one of the quiet kind,
though I think she got along very well down here. At
best that is a profession that takes enormous push.
an occasional sonnet of the picturesque type gets itself
done from time to time, I am glad to say, but mostly
I drive the willing or unwilling slave to edit
as I am anxious to get the job done by early summer.
I hear, is or has been in Vancouver.
tell me how your work comes on, and what can I do for
you? Anything to forward it?
I would be in the Ojai7
in May. Alas, not a chance!
love & blessings
Galbraith (1889-1929) was a Canadian actress living
in New York. Carman met her in 1925 after seeing
her perform at Hart House Theatre in Toronto and
corresponded with her over the next three years
(see Letters 331-65). "Devotee"
in Wild Garden is dedicated to "M.G.".
the projected "Oxford Book of Canadian Verse"
(see Letter 51 n.10). [back]
Pierce (see Letter 34 n.6). [back]
Krishnamurti (see Letter 2 n.1 and Letter 5 n.8).
is the residential and resort city in the Ojai Valley
of the Sierra Madre Range in southwestern California
where Krishnamurti and his brother had resided since
1922 (see Letter 5 n.8). In Krishnamurti: His
Life and Death (New York: St. Martinís Press,
1990), 74, Mary Lutyens writes that the first "camp"
of the Order of the Star (see Letter 2 n.1) "was
held in Ojai in May 1928 on the land bought by Mrs.
Besant at the lower end of the valley [near Santa
Barbara], which included a grove of holm oaks, the
beautiful evergreen oaks of California. Only 1,
000 people attended the first Ojai camp. Nevertheless
it was a great success." [back]