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A fiddle for Angus : final draft and note to agent Leona Trainer

  • MS-2-650.2018-042, Box 91, Folder 14
  • File
  • November 25, 2000 - November 26, 2000
  • Part of Budge Wilson fonds

File contains the final draft of Budge Wilson's children's story "A Fiddle for Angus," and a note to her agent, Leona Trainer, about the draft. The file also contains the typescript of a short story entitled "My Heroine, Murphy Brown," by Budge Wilson (undated), which was included in the anthology "Friendships" (2006).

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.

Ann Connor Brimer keynote address launching Canadian Children's Book Week

File contains a copy of Budge Wilson's "Ann Connor Brimer Talk," the keynote address at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which launched Canadian Children's Book Week in 1999. The speech addresses the state of children's literature in Nova Scotia. The file also includes a copy of a fax sent to Budge Wilson from regarding the schedule for the Canadian Children's Book Week Gala.

Anna's Pet: A Puppet Play

File contains the script for the play by Frederick H. Thury, adapted from the children's book of the same name by Joyce Barkhouse and Margaret Atwood. The file also contains newspaper clippings and correspondence related to the play.

Ashley, Ruth

File contains handwritten correspondence written by Mrs. Ruth H. Ashley (of Wabash, Indiana), dated January 25, 1963, and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File mentioned Ashley's appreciation of Leslie's contributions to Protestant scholarship in his periodical publications The Protestant and The New Christian, and discusses her discovery of related publications and musings on the "close relationship between the philosophy of Jesus and the economic program of Marxism" as well as contemporary Chinese/Soviet relations.

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.

Assenat, John

File contains a piece of handwritten correspondence written by John Assenat (of N. Charleroi, PA), on January 29, [1973], and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File acknowledges submitting payment for the December 1972 and January 1973 issues of The New Man, the recent publication of a book by New Man contributor Hugh Hester, as well as wishing Mr Leslie well after his "sick spell".

Bass, Harold

File contains the typed draft of a letter written by Harold J. Bass (of Tacoma, WA), post-marked November 18, 1972, and submitted to Kenneth Leslie for consideration for inclusion in the publication The New Man. The piece, entitled "Whose mistake?", addresses the horrors and "tragedy of Vietnam", suggesting that George McGovern was barely listened to on the campaign trail "because he declared openly that we have done wrong and we ought to acknowledge and correct that wrong", while Nixon appears to merely want to "cover the wrong and make it seem like a right" with his "peace with honor" promises.

Bell, Jim

File contains a piece of handwritten correspondence sent by Jim K. Bell (Halifax), dated December 28, 1972, to Kenneth Lesile. File acknowledges enclosure of a cheque covering the cost of four copies of Leslie's self-published poetry anthology "O'Malley and the Reds and other poems", as well as a new subscription to The New Man. File also praises Leslie's "determination to resist and fight the fascist bastards" through his continued social-minded publications.

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.

Bowditch, Nanette

File consists of a letter (dated February 1, 1973, from Success, Saskatchewan) and an undated Christmas card [ca. early-1970s] written by Nanette Bowditch, daughter of Kenneth Leslie's brother Eric. The letter discusses the activities of her children George and Emily, the recent publication of his book of poetry, and whether Kenneth is still in touch with his sisters Marjorie and Emily. The Christmas card also contains a brief letter, and is signed by Nanette, with her husband Walter, and two children adding signatures.

Budge Wilson's correspondence with other writers

File contains correspondence from other writers sent to Budge Wilson, and some photocopies of her outgoing correspondence to writers. The writers include Julie Johnston, Sheila Dalton, Joan Clarke, Betsy Struthers, Leonie M. Poirier, Katherine Paterson, Claire MacKay, Malcolm Ross, Sylvia McNicoll, Donez Xiques, Janice Kulyk Keefer, Weiner Zimmerman, Bill Percy, Sylvia Gunnery, Pam Donogh, Kit Pearson, Paul Robinson, Yan Martel, Timothy Findley, Joyce Barkhouse, Margaret Hammer, Tim Wynne-Jones, Carol Shields, and Sandra Bridsell.

Business correspondence to William McMillan, Lockeport, regarding confirmation to ship goods, and receipt of shipments

File contains business correspondence addressed to (and a couple written by) William McMillan, Lockeport, between October 1917 and April 1918, regarding receipt of shipment of goods to be sold in his general store, or confirmation of goods to be sent overseas.

File contains correspondence regarding Halifax Explosion fallout from the following brokers: Ben's Limited (regarding "having our bakery roof blown off" and "nearly every good bread box smashed to pieces at North Street Station") , Carritte-Paterson Man'f'g Co. (regarding being "pleased to advise that [...] we have again been able to get our Plant in operation"), Consumers Cordage Company (announcing that "while our plant at Dartmouth was severely damaged [...] we were fortunate in having a large and well assorted stock of rope on hand in our warehouses"), R.B. Seeton (regarding a "credit slip for the goods that have apparently been blown to smithereens in the explosion", but reminding that it is "a very small matter compared to what we have had to sustain here"), John Tobin & Co. (regarding the need of the entirety of the "wholesale grocery trade of Halifax are at present feeding the people of Halifax, [which is] urgently needed here")

File contains correspondence from Fuel Control Canada regarding coal usage (from C.A. Magrath, Controller, and C.W. Peterson, Deputy Controller).

File contains both typed and handwritten correspondence and balance orders from the following brokers: Acadia Gas Engines (Bridgewater), Edward Allen (Yarmouth), Amherst Foundry Co. Limited, G.E. Barbour Co. (Saint John), H.S. Berner & Co. (New York), Calder, Fraser & Co. (Dartmouth), Canada Cement Company (Montreal), Canadian Consolidated Rubber Co. (Halifax), David Cohen & Co. (New York), Davis & Lawrence Co. (Montreal), Andrew Doane (Ingomar), Dominion Molasses Company (Halifax), Dominion Oil Cloth Company (Montreal), Thomas A. Edison, Inc. (Orange, NJ), Emerson & Fisher (Saint John), T.H. Estabrooks Co. (Saint John), Frank Fales (Saint John), D.M. Ferry & Co. (Windsor, ON), Arthur Fordham & Co. (Halifax), Gault Brothers Co. (Montreal), S.R. Giffin & Sons (Goldboro), L. Gnaedinger Son & Co. (Montreal), Gourock Ropework Export Co. (Montreal), J.L. Greenwood (North East Harbour), Gunns Limited (Toronto), Gurney-Massey Company (Montreal), Trueman Hagar (Round Bay), Mrs Ida Harlow (Sable River West), Harnett-Smith Company (Boston), L. Higgins & Co. (Moncton), Hutchings Company (Saint John), Imperial Oil Limited (Halifax), J.B. Jones (East Jordan), Kelly's Limited (Halifax), Kilgour Bros. (Toronto), A.H. Lambourn (New York), Leather Label Over-haul Co. (Walkerville, ON), Liverpool Monumental Works, Lockett & Messenger (Bridgetown), Lynola Mfg. Co. (New York), D.M. Lyons (Crowell), T. McAvity & Sons (Saint John), A. & W. MacKinlay (Halifax), McLaughlin Motor Car Company (Yarmouth), J.C. McLeod (Point Tupper), Manchester Robertson Alison (Saint John), Martin-Senour Co. (Montreal and Halifax), C.E. Millard (Liverpool), G.P. Mitchell & Sons (Halifax), Moirs Limited (Halifax), J. & M. Murphy (Halifax), Northern Electric Company (Montreal), Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Company Limited (New Glasgow), Parrish, Phillips & Co, (New York), Payzant & King (Halifax), Peabody Overalls (Walkerville, ON), Perfect-Knit Mills (Listowel, ON), Rhodes, Curry & Co. (Halifax), Royal Print & Litho. (Halifax; regarding the "lack of bindery hands [and] skilled workmen"), Wm. Robertson (Halifax), Robin Hood Mills Limited (Montreal), St. John Milling Company (West Saint John), Saunders & Duffus (Halifax, underwriters slips), I.B. Shaffner (Halifax), Sherer-Gillett Company (Guelph and Chicago; regarding outstanding payments: "You have disappointed us"), Sylvanus Smith & Co. (Gloucester, MA), E.K. Spinney (Yarmouth), Wm. Stairs, Son & Morrow (Halifax), Stanfield's Limited (Truro), John Starr, Son & Co. (Halifax), Supplies Limited (Kentville), Swift Canadian Co. (Toronto), Robert Taylor Co. (Halifax), Telfer Woodworking Company (Bridgewater), Thorbourn Bros (Gunning Cove), W.H. Thorne & Company (Saint John), Walker Bros. (Milton), F.G. Wheaton (Amherst), A.N. Whitman & Son (Canso), Wolverton Milling Co. (Saint John), T.E. Worthen & Son (Crowell's), Yarmouth Cycle & Motor Car Co., Yarmouth Fruit Co., among others.

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.

Canadian Library Association acceptance speech for The Leaving

File contains a copy of Budge Wilson's acceptance speech printed in School Libraries in Canada (Summer 1991) for her Canadian Library Association (CLA) Young Adult Canadian Book Award for "The Leaving," and a copy of her letter to the magazine regarding the omission of the title of her book from the published speech. The speech was originally delivered at the CLA/CACL Book Awards Banquet in Montreal, Quebec. The file also includes an annotated, typescript copy of the speech, possibly used at the awards presentation.

Canadian itinerary for the Sharla Project

File contains Budge Wilson's notes, correspondence, and programs for the Sharla Project, which included appearances in Churchill, Winnipeg, and Mexico City. The Canadian portion of the trip went from October 26 to November 4, 1998.

Certificate of incorporation and correspondence

File contains records relating to the 1986-1987 concert season of the Halifax Camerata Singers, including their certificate of incorporation (January 14, 1987) and a letter from Wayne Cahill (organist and choral director of the Bedford United Baptist Church) to the artistic director Jeff Joudrey regarding a supply organist.

Chapman, G. C.

File contains typed correspondence written by G.C. Chapman (from New Westminster, BC), dated May 11, 1972, and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File acknowledges enclosure of a cheque to ensure renewal of a subscription to Leslie's periodical The New Man.

Charles Tupper letters

  • MS-2-75, SF Box 18, Folder 26
  • File
  • 1887, 1911
File consists of two handwritten letters by Charles Tupper. One letter is an 1887 letter of introduction to Sir Andrew Clark regarding Mr. Freeborn, a Canadian medical student in London. The second letter was written in 1911 to Mrs. J. Ross Smith in Amherst, Nova Scotia thanking her for an earlier correspondence regarding election results.

Tupper, Charles, Sir, 1821-1915

Correspondence - Central Medical Supplies

File contains correspondence from Balcom's time as Officer Commanding, Medical Stores, and Chief Medical Stores Inspection Officer during World War II. Original file split between files 2-19 and 2-20.

Correspondence 1939-1940

File contains correspondence to and from Samuel Balcom in 1939 and 1940. Correspondence is to Rebecca Cohn, Angus L. Macdonald, Carleton Stanley, Gordon B. Isnor, Colonel J.D.G. Campbell, Captain G.R. Forbes, Major L.L. Henshaw, Captain Carl Trask, Captain A.D. Grayson, Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Maxwell, and A.S. MacMillan, among others.

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.

Correspondence and promotional material regarding Victor

File contains materials relating to Budge Wilson's Christmas poem "Victor," which was written for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and broadcast on CBC radio and over the cbc4kids.ca website, with illustrations by Kevin Sylvester.

Correspondence and records from the Halifax Camerata Singers concert season

File consists of records for the 1994-1995 concert season of the Halifax Camerata Singers, including programs, correspondence, newspaper clippings about performances, and member lists. The file includes records relating to the Camerata Singers CD project and a distribution agreement with Duckworth Distribution Limited/ Atlantica Music and Distribution Limited.

Correspondence between Budge Wilson and Mount Saint Vincent University on honourary degree ceremony

  • MS-2-650.2018-042, Box 89, Folder 16
  • File
  • May 17, 2012 - May 18, 2012
  • Part of Budge Wilson fonds

File contains correspondence (incoming and copies of outgoing) relating to Budge Wilson's honorary degree from Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU). The file also includes her biography used at the convocation, invitations, a copy of the Spring Convocation program, and a copy of the citation presented by Susan Drain at the convocation.
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