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Toronto 3, Ont.,
May 27, 1930.
Mr. Nathan Van Patten,
Stanford, Calif. Dear Mr. Van Patten:
I have at last unearthed your letter of
21, and hasten to answer it.
I note that the changes in the form of your
collations and other changes suggested by the
are acceptable to you, and the field, therefore, is now clear
for us both, although I must say that I feel oppressed at
times by the size of the task we have undertaken. At any rate,
frequently, when I have completed what seemed to be full and
ample annotations to an item, I have found it necessary to
revise and extend them, while in not a few instances research work
which I had not anticipated is necessary before I can consider
my annotations complete. However, I have lines out in various
directions for information I need and am gradually getting
things into something like proper shape. I could wish, however,
that I had more leisure and more physical strength so as to enable
me to make better progress than I have been making.
I shall be glad if you will send me any bibliographical data you may have on hand as soon as you can. You
need not be careful to particularize everything; just suggest
in a line or two what you have, and if I need amplification
I shall advise you.
I haven't received back from
T. G. Roberts, of
Fredericton, as yet the copy I sent him of the bibliography I had
prepared for my
Carman study, but expect it within a few days
now, and when I receive it, I shall forward it to you at once
for checking purposes. I do hope you will be able to make it
convenient to come up to Canada this summer, so that we can
talk things over in a way which is impossible by letter.
By the way, are you open to purchase a copy of
Low Tide on Grand Pre, issued in Toronto in pamphlet form in
1890 (the correct date)? My brother's widow has asked me to
see if I can sell the one which belonged to him. The
Both the copies mentioned above, I may say here,
came originally from me. I doubt if there are more than a
dozen or so copies in existence to-day, all told.
Yours truly, Address
R. H. Hathaway, 258 Garden Ave.,
Toronto 3, Ont.