Haines Falls, N.Y.
22 August 1928
darling, and much more darling than naughty. That is
as much scolding as you can get from this indulgent
person—and all you deserve. But—damn! Finances are a
pest. "No can do" about car fare. Dead broke
all summer. But quite happy except when inclination
to move arises. Then, N.G.1
Never mind dearest Margaret! Not a chance of your getting
a commission for such an article.2
Your travelling expenses would come to sixty or seventy
dollars. Maybe I can write you an account of the show
which you could do over and sign. Only you won’t see
the Catskills. That is a pity. They have been my chief
summer domain for thirty years. Not what I would choose,
(for there are neither bridle trails nor canoeing waters,)
but they came to me, and are adorable in their ancient
way. The oldest land in America. And cool. While you
stew in Toronto, I sleep under blankets every night.
And many an evening we rejoice in open fires. You should
by here for your health!!
And a holiday from your man!!! What
hope to have enough to make a new volume for next spring—
hope for November in Ontario. Would have run up to Toronto
this month, but N.F. (No funds)[.]
talks of visiting us here in September—but you know
what that means. All the more I wished you could see
with your eyes.
see what you can do.
my best love to the dear Ridleys.5
I suppose Kathryn6
of the fair hair and "altogether" fair is
not back yet.
am writing in my corner of the piazza at "Moonshine"7
shut in by heavy fog and a gentle rain, only the nearest
trees visible. Like being at sea. Have a Navajo blanket
over my knees. Too cool.
not cool enough to chill love.
Be a good child and a happy, says your
no go. [back]
on Carman. [back]
Garden and Sanctuary: Sunshine House Sonnets
were both published in 1929, the latter posthumously.
Pierce (see Letter 34 n.6). [back]
Toronto Members Lists in the Authors Bulletin
for 1927 and 1928 contain two Ridleys (probably
sisters), Miss H.M. Ridley and Miss L. Ridley. In
1927, their address is 14, Asquith Avenue and, in
1928, 605, Spadina Avenue. In a letter of June 26,
1928, Lawrence mentions that the Ridleys had been
very taken with Carman at a (recent?) meeting. [back]
Letter 61 n.2 and Letters 7, 62, 74 and Letter 68
Letter 6 n.3. [back]