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Halifax Regional Municipality (N.S.) File
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Correspondence 1970s

File includes correspondence related to the 1972 Balcom Family Reunion in Port Dufferin, including letters to Graham Dennis and A.M. Savage regarding media coverage of the event. File also includes correspondence from Robie Tufts, Henry Hicks, and J.K. Lawton.

Dinner Invitations

File contains a selection of dinner invitations for events hosted by the Red Hat Snow Shoe Club. Includes the 35th, 37th, 75th, 80th, and 88th anniversaries.

Dickson, Charles

File contains an undated hand-made Christmas card sent to Kenneth Leslie by Leslie's grandson Charles, the son of his daughter Rosaleen Dickson, sometime in the early 1970s. The front of the card depicts a winter sledding scene drawn in pencil, while the interior contains a typed three stanza (12 line) poem beginning "I've travelled here from midnight till noon!", and a handwritten holiday salutation to "Grandad, and Nora!" from Charles.

Dickson, Rosaleen

File contains an undated [1971 or 1972] typed letter sent to Kenneth Leslie from his daughter, Rosaleen. File contains discussion about sending a selection of typed copies of poems to Mr. [Patrick] Crean at McClelland and Stewart -- the other requested poems stored in boxes at the Dickson farmhouse in Shawville, Quebec -- and also mentions that Sean Haldane, who had previously published the ill-received (by Leslie) "Collected Poems of Kenneth Leslie", had not been informed of the efforts to publish an alternate collection of Leslie's works, and would not be "until it has all been settled".

File also contains a facsimile family photograph of the Dickson children, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Marjorie, Ross, and Charles, likely from 1958, serving as a "Seasons Greetings" card signed "from the Dicksons".

Jamison, Priscilla

File contains a thank-you card (with an Eileen Waring illustration to the front) and letter written to Kenneth Leslie, by his granddaughter Priscilla (daughter of Kathleen). File expresses Priscilla's thanks for a gift from Kenneth and Nora, her appreciation of Leslie's poems when she is feeling down (particularly "Promise", transcribed in its entirety), and her decision to choose the surname "Jamison", "because it was an old family name".

Abels, Lydia

File contains two pieces of correspondence, dated January 1973, sent to Kenneth Leslie by Lydia Abels (Mrs Alexander Hamilton Abels), from Boston, Massachusetts. The first piece of correspondence, dated January 5th, discusses Lydia's declining health. The second piece of correspondence, dated January 8th, mentions Lydia's excitement about receiving a copy of Kenneth Leslie's recent anthology of poems, and how the package "looked exactly like your old Protestant" when it arrived.

Ashworth, Joseph

File contains handwritten correspondence sent by Joseph Ashworth (of Calgary, Alberta) to Kenneth Leslie, dated September 5, 1972. File acknowledges a $5.00 payment for the purchase of one of Leslie's publications, as well as confirming a new mailing address.

Bilainkin, George

File contains two pieces of correspondence written on Royal Commonwealth Society letterhead by George [Bilainkin] in 1972 and 1973 and sent to Kenneth Leslie. The first letter, handwritten and dated September 26, 1972, derides a £220,000 football transfer fee while "pilots are to get £10,3000 a year, [...] railmen are criticized for demanding [a raise of] £20 a week, [and the] chief gets £2500 rise on his lunatic salary of £20,000". The second letter, typed and dated May 19, 1973, derides the "US gangsters" for spreading "inconceivable evil [...] so widely round innocent, harmless creatures, in India and Pakistan, Cyprus and Cuba", the "hoodlum fraud" of the US courts re: Cambodia, the murders which "our BBC and press do not even mention", with the mournful refrain that "this country smells as fearfully as yours -- and none of the citizenry suspects!" Bilainkin was a foreign correspondent and biographer.

Byrne, Florida

File contains a handwritten letter created by Florida L. Byrne (of Tacoma, Washington) dated May 15, 1973, and sent to Kenneth Leslie. Letter gauges Leslie's interest in receiving copies of U.S. Farm News (whose publisher, Fred Stover, "spoke very highly of [Leslie] in one of his letters". Letter also expresses appreciation for receipt of a copy of Leslie's self-published poetry anthology "O'Malley and the Reds and other poems. Finally, letter inquires to the interest in Leslie's receipt of a few books from Mrs Byrne's personal collection.

Ireland, Jean

File contains a handwritten letter sent by Jean Ireland of Sebastopol, CA, dated January 24, 1973, to Kenneth Leslie. The file expresses Ireland's thanks for Leslie sending her a copy of his most recent book of poems, and laments what "skullduggery [sic] will be used as a substitution for war in Indochina since the ceasefire".

Sackley, Ralph

File contains a typed letter dated May 20th, 1972, and written by Ralph Sackley (of Evanston, IL), sent to Kenneth Leslie. File addresses current reading habits and belief in McGovern in the forthcoming election, before discussing his "oxypheric" nature after Leslie had suffered "lots of strokes" and Sackley's opinions of the mind, deep breathing, and getting "away from self".

Steinmetz, Harry and Doris

File contains typed correspondence written by Harry and Doris Steinmetz (San Diego, CA), from 1971 and 1973, sent to Kenneth Leslie. The first letter is a fragment, presumably from early 1971, where Harry laments at the quickness of the passing year and his plans for 1971. The second letter, dated January 29, 1973, celebrates Leslie's poetry upon the Steinmetz' receipt of a copy of 'O'Malley to the Reds', as well as discussion on future talks and publications (and was typed on the verso of a promotional flyer "commemorating 50th anniversary of the foudning of the USSR [and the] 40th anniversary of the American Russian Institute" in San Francisco. The third item is a copy of the December 1972 issue of The Gadfly, which contains an excerpt by Harry Steinmetz entitled "Around the world in 66 days with thanks" about his visit to Volgograd.

Trudeau, Pierre Elliott

File contains typed correspondence dated June 1, 1973, and sent on "Office of the Prime Minister" letterhead from Pierre Elliott Trudeau, as related by his private secretary, Cécile Viau, and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File expresses that the "Prime Minister was very please to receive a copy" of 'O'Malley to the Reds' and offers appreciation at Leslie's "thoughtful gesture".

Williams, Claude

File contains typed correspondence dated April 20, 1972, written by Claude Williams (Alabaster, AL) and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File expresses thanks for Leslie's handwritten note and for receipt of issues of New Man, and "Glory be! for David Lord coming to the rescue and getting out an issue of New Man" when Leslie was ill the previous year. File states Leslie is "as great a prophet today as Jeremiah was in his day", while expressing opinions about Marxist-Christian dialogue. Williams previously served on the editorial board of The Protestant.

Correspondence of Nora Leslie

File contains correspondence sent to Nora Leslie (née Nora Steenerson Smith, Nora Totten), fourth wife of Kenneth Leslie, from the 1950s to the 1970s. File includes letters and cards sent by Emilie Laraway, Mary Lewis, Helene Mullins, and Elizabeth and John Robertson. File also includes an undated note written by Nora Leslie after Kenneth Leslie's death, regarding a disagreement with Kenneth's daughter Rosaleen. File also includes a photocopy of a clipping of Nora's obituary.

Newspaper clippings related to the Vietnam War and the 1972 presidential election

File contains newspaper clippings collected by Kenneth Leslie in 1972 and 1973, largely related to the 1972 United States presidential election. File contains clippings and facsimiles of articles written by Leslie's associates Hugh Hester and Morris Kominsky, among others. Articles tangentially related to the role of both religion and the Vietnam War in American political affairs during the run-up to the election. A few of the clippings contain notes and marginalia in Leslie's hand.

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