• Letter - Ethelwyn Wetherald to Frank Page, 20 May 1932

      Page, Frank (1932-05-20)
      A letter from Ethelwyn Wetherald to Mr. Page, 20 May 1932. The letter reads: "It was a pleasure to get your card at Mothers' Day, & I shall try to deserve your compliment. Did you know that Mazo de la Roche (Winner of the ten thousand dollar prize, offered by the Atlantic Magazine for her novel "Jalna") has adopted recently a boy of five & a girl of two years. She is in England this summer but her house in Toronto. I wish every unmarried or childless woman could follow her example & make this world a happier place. It was most kind of you to send me such a good description of Homer Watson and his work. Of course I had known him by reputation but that was enough to give your appreciation great interest. How you & dear Elsie must have enjoyed your visit with him last Wednesday Mr. & Mrs. Louis Blake Duff called for me & took me with them to visit Walter McRaye who lives at Grimsby & whose fame as a reader and entertainer is known not only on this continent, but in England where he gave recitals with Pauline Johnson. He has a wonderful voice - with great range & richness of tone. He is an enthusiast over poetry & read to us poems of Roberts, Bliss Carmen, Wilson MacDonald, Edwin Markham & many many others. He has wonderful collections of treasures, rare books, pictures, autographs of a host of noted people. There was a picture & autograph of the recently assassinated President of France with his five sons - splendid young fellows, four of them killed in the war. Mr. McRaye has a lovely little fruit farm - plums, cherries, peaches and apples - three acres of bloom. I should think he is in his fifties, though he has that clear English complexion that never looks jaded. Your third favor is the poem on Spring, which I read with pleasure. My favorite stanzas are the third and fifth, but all the verses give the worshipful feeling of a walk in the spring woods. Yes, I think "Here seek the joy of a - new found birth" is preferable to the other line. Of course the prevailing influence of the woods in peace. You remember Emerson interpreting the woods as saying to a man fresh from a political meeting "why so hot, my little sir"? But in Spring every new leaf & flower rejoices. Mr. John Garvin was here last Sunday, & we called on the Duffs in their lovely place at St. John's. Forty years ago Mrs. Duff (then Georgina Somerville) attended his school when he taught in Welland - & he slapped her hands for misbehavior! Well, he didn't slap them this time; far otherwise. Do let me know when you are next in Pelham. We want you & Elsie & Ellen here for a good visit. My love to them. Sincerely Ethelwyn Wetherald"
    • Letter - Ethelwyn Wetherald to Frank Page, 29 December 1935

      Wetherald, Ethelwyn (1935-12-29)
      A letter from Ethelwyn Wetherald to Mr. Page, 29 December 1935. In the letter, Ethelwyn thanks the Page family for a book of poetry she received from them. She also mentions a visit by Louis Black Duff where she received a book called "Under Tow" by "that true genius and insufferable egotist, Wilson McDonald".
    • Letter - Ethelwyn Wetherald to Mr. & Mrs. Page, 2 January 1930

      Wetherald, Ethelwyn (1930-01-02)
      A letter from Ethelwyn Wetherald to Mr. and Mrs. Page, 2 January 1930. The letter reads: "Dear Friends: I came very nearly calling you, Dear Arch-Schemers! For I remember so distinctly, Mr. Page, that day last summer when, after searching our bookshelves you asked if we had the poems of Dr. Drummond & I replied regretfully that we had not. I imagined you wished to verify some [illegible] from him, but now I believe you are a pair of very very generous plotters. For years I have been waiting - and intending - to get a copy of Drummond's poems: and now to have them complete from you gives this Christmas of 1929 a lasting and memorable charm. I am turning the pages with eager pleasure & thanking you both with the warmest sincerity. This holiday season has been particularly rich in Christmas cards. Nearly half a hundred to my address many from complete strangers asking where they can get my 'works'. I certainly must bring out something before this year departs. I hope Louis Blake Duff sent you as amusing a 'Christmas card' as he sent here. It is a humorous mock of his St. John farm, with very funny pictures of, & comments on, the various farm activities. With very grateful thanks for the beautiful volume you have sent me, and our best wishes to you all, including dear wee Ellen (I am in love with child) - Ever sincerely your friend Ethelwyn Wetherald"
    • Letter - Ethelwyn Wetherald to Mr. & Mrs. Page, 2 January 1931

      Wetherald, Ethelwyn (1931-01-02)
      A letter from Ethelwyn Wetherald to Mr. and Mrs. Page, 3 January 1931. The letter reads: "Dear Mr. and Mrs. Page - The first chapters of Andorra were so deeply interesting that I fully intended finishing the book before telling you how much I enjoyed it. But Christmas is a very busy time and I can no longer wait to turn the final pages before thanking you both for your kind and very much appreciated gift. My friend, Mr. Garvin, gave me rather too full a representation in his book of selections of Canadian verse for Boys & Girls, so probably Vanity had something to do with my choice of it for your little daughter but I was surprised to find that so many Canadian poets had written good verse for the [illegible] people. Santa was unusually good this Christmas: several books pounds of note paper with a cedar chest the right size to keep it in; five framed pictures - a lovely one from your relatives in Fenwick a photograph of part of L.B. Duff's St. John estate, a picture of a path in a birch woods, a Tree calendar & family photographs. But what I feel chiefly grateful to Louis Blake Duff for, is that instead of the stereotyped Merry Christmas & Happy New Year he put on his card, 'Wishing you a large accumulation of cheerful Recollections' one Christmas Day. Wasn't that an original & beautiful wish? For the first time since the drought began last summer, our well today yielded half a pail of drinkable water. Happily one of our neighbors has a never failing spring from which we have been bidden to take freely. The best of New Years to you all. We are looking forward to seeing you all here when the days are longer. Sincerely yours Ethelwyn Wetherald"