Bliss Carman's Letters to Margaret Lawrence 1927-1929

Edited by D.M.R. Bentley

Assisted by Margaret Maciejewski

Letter 60

New Canaan, Connecticut

6. May. 1928



My dear Margaret:


Here is April gone! And not a line for her. Now comes May with a rush—the very bloom of the year. New England at its entrancing best. Magnolias and wild cherry in full blow, and a heavenly freshness everywhere. Almost one could write! Poetry however must give way to the reading of poetry, and I am already deep in the mass of material which I brought home. I hope for the best.

So many thanks for your train letter and the two papers with your excellent essays.1 Also, my dear, for all your kindness when I was in Toronto. The stay would have been dreary otherwise. But you made it charming.

I think it would be very good for you to go to Quebec, if you can arrange it. Saturday Night might send you, I should think.

I cannot help wishing that you could see this lovely corner of Connecticut just now. It is amazing.

This is a very dull letter, Margaret dear. I am quite tired. But please accept lots of love as ever from



  1. Not identified. In an undated letter of circa March, 1928, Lawrence tells Carman that she is about to begin working as a journalist and promises to send details in due course. At about this time, Lawrence started to work as a freelance writer for Saturday Night, a Toronto periodical begun in 1887 and edited from 1926 to 1931 by Hector Willoughby Charlesworth (1872-1945), who was also the editorial director of the Canadian Home Journal and Saturday Night (see Introduction xi). Among Charlesworth’s works are A Cyclopaedia of Canadian Biography (1919), The Canadian Scene: Sketches: Political and Historical (1927), and three volumes of Candid Chronicles (1925, 1928, and 1937). [back]