Letter from R.H. Hathaway to Peter McArthur, February 18, 1920

Author: Hathaway, R.H. (Rufus Hawtin), 1869-1933

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Letter from R.H. Hathaway to Peter McArthur, February 18, 1920

Author: R.H. Hathaway

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The Rufus Hathaway Collection of Canadian literature

Recipient: Peter McArthur.

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English nonfiction; prose masculine Special Collections Hathaway, R. H. (Rufus Hawtin), 1869-1933 -- Correspondence McArthur, Peter, 1866-1924 -- Correspondence LCSH

Letter from R.H. Hathaway to Peter McArthur, February 18, 1920

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Feb. 18, 1920.

Mr. Peter McArthur,


Dear Mr. McArthur:

Our friend
Bliss Carman, as you doubtless know, is in a bad way both
physically and financially, and his friends everywhere are coming to his
The Arts and Letters Club does not intend to be behindhand
in this matter, and it is proposed to put on a benefit entertainment of
some kind. The idea at present is to bring one of the English literary
men now in the
States here to give a lecture in the
University of Toronto
Convocation Hall. The Club would act in association with the
of Toronto Literary Society, and would seek the co-operation of all the
other literary organizations in the city.

It is the opinion of the committee which has the matter in hand that
in view of the fact that the proposed entertainment is to be a benefit
Carman, some prominence should be given in it to him, and I am
therefore writing at their desire to ask if you would care to come down
and give a short talk about
Carman as you knew him.
Arthur Stringer,
I might say, has offered to come down and do the same thing.

I do not know whom we shall be able to get as the “big-liner,” but
we have three men in view;
John Drinkwater, the poet, dramatist and essay —
Hugh Walpole, the novelist, and
Siegfried Sassoon, the poet; but who —
ever we get we are all convinced that short personal talks about

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by you and
Stringer would prove a splendid additional drawing card.

No definite date for the affair has been fixed yet, but we hope to
bring it off within about a month's time.

An early answer will be appreciated.

Yours truly,