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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.

Wallace, May

File contains handwritten correspondence dated January 2nd, 1973, written by Mrs May Wallace (MacGregor, MB) and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File expresses receipt of Leslie's "most enjoyable" book of poems as well as confirmation that payment was mailed. File also inquires after Leslie's health, wishing for a "happy + prosperous 1973".

Vincent, Clara

File contains handwritten correspondence dated January 26, 1973, sent by Clara M. Vincent (Livonia, MI) to Kenneth Leslie. File expresses her appreciation for receipt of a copy of 'O'Malley to the Reds', discusses the writings and works of Dr. John Nicholls Booth, and states that the Detroit Free Press "continues to be one of the best newspapers in the country, [free from] the Pentagon claptrap and their propaganda".

Vicky Gaboreau reading

  • MS-2-650.2000-033, Box 29, Folder 13
  • File
  • June 27, 1990 - July 1990
  • Part of Budge Wilson fonds

File contains correspondence and notes relating to a reading by Budge Wilson on CBC radio from her new anthology of short stories "The Leaving."

Unidentified correspondence

File contains handwritten correspondence, written between 1966 and 1973, by unidentified authors sent to Kenneth Leslie. File contains 11 different pieces of correspondence by ten different authors. There is a letter written by a Clark H.(Centerville, IA) dated May 11, 1973; an unsigned note about one of Leslie's songs being featured on the Max Ferguson program (dated December 12, 1972); a facsimile letter dated Christmas 1970, providing family updates for "Marge, Eric [not Leslie's brother], and family"; a letter from "L." dated January 14, 1973, acknowledging that it "was very heartwarming to receive the book of poems"; undated from "Fred" (Montclair, NJ); two letters from "Frank" dated December 29th 1965 and January 14, 1966, about strychnine tablets, fluoridation, and general health discussion; an undated unsigned note about enclosure of payment for books and inquiring about Nora's health; a 1972 Christmas card from Deb, Mike, and John, nieces and nephews of Ken and Nora [but unclear as to what part of the family]; a two-page typed letter from "Harold" (Pittsburgh, PA) dated March 22nd, 1973, regarding attendance at the Rationalist Convention in Chicago, about the "destruction and slaughter" in Vietnam, the Pittsburgh highway system, and future issues of New Man; and two undated short notes by "Alice B." including appreciation at receipt of a "gratis" copy of Leslie's book of poems.

Tunnicliffe, John

File contains handwritten correspondence dated March 19th, 1972, written by John Tunnicliffe (Warwickshire, England) and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File expresses appreciation of the recent receipt of an issue of New Man, as well as remarking on his church work, having been ordained in 1910, and efforts at working on a memoir. He also remarks that one of his sons "is [now] vicar of a large new (pagan) parish not far from here" as well as relating a humorous anecdote about his son getting jam on his nose, and how he couldn't lick it off, while an elder brother suggested that "there's a chap at our school who can lick jam off his nose but he is a Roman Catholic."

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".

Trongate fury : draft

File contains an annotated draft of Budge Wilson's second book in the Izzie series, "Trongate Fury." The file also contains a copy of a letter from Wilson to Penguin publishers about the manuscript.

The gift : handwritten first draft

File contains the first handwritten draft of Budge Wilson's book "The Gift," later published as "The Best / Worst Christmas Present Ever," and a letter to Sandra Bogart, Acquisitions Editor at Scholastic Books.

Thank you letter from Genevieve Mullally, Workplace Education Program, Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre, to Budge Wilson

File consists of a thank you letter from Genevieve Mullally, Workplace Education Program, Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre, to Budge Wilson regarding talk Budge gave to a class of the Workplace Education Program. Includes a graduation program with a hand-written note to Budge Wilson. Also includes the report from the Workplace Education Program for 1998-99 with a review and photographs of the visit by Budge Wilson.

Swanson, Rosa

File contains undated handwritten correspondence (presumably 1972 or 1973) written by Mrs. Rosa Swanson (Edmonton, AB) and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File contains the author's confirmation of enclosure of payment to renew subscription to The New Man.

Susan Kerslake's rejection letters

File contains assorted personal and generic rejection letters from various publishers, including Canadian Fiction Magazine, Room of One's Own and The Long Story.

Student letters to Budge Wilson

  • MS-2-650.2018-042, Box 93, Folder 12
  • File
  • May 19, 1992 - May 21, 1992
  • Part of Budge Wilson fonds

File contains letters from students and their teachers from two Grade 2 classes at Harold F. Loughin Public School in Brampton, Ontario. The letters are about Wilson's books "Going Bananas," "Mr. John Bertrand Nijinsky and Charlie," and "Madame Belzile and Ramsay Hitherton-Hobbs," which the classes read.

Stone, Lloyd

File contains an undated Christmas card (presumably 1972) sent by Lloyd, Jessie, and Dale Stone, to Kenneth Leslie. The card expresses gratitude at receipt of a copy of "you book of lovely poems", as well as intentions to renew New Man subscriptions.

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.

Smith College Library

File contains typed correspondence sent from Miss Billie Bozone, librarian at Smith College Library (Northampton, MA), dated January 12, 1973, and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File expresses the author's appreciation at receiving a donated copy of "O'Malley to the Reds".

Shillaker, Robert

File contains two undated letters -- one typed and one handwritten -- sent by Robert Shillaker (Sierra Madre, CA) to Kenneth and Nora Leslie. One letter, likely from late 1972, concerns Shillaker's receipt of an issue of "New Man" containing Kurt Anderson's and Jim Garrison's writings, with requests to be put in contact with the publication The Churchman. The second letter first expresses happiness at receipt of a copy of 'O'Malley to the Reds', before commenting on Leslie's apparent "turning away from orthodox Christianity", as well as his enrolling in the School of Esoteric Studies in New York, and further comments on the ongoing war in Vietnam.

Sedgley, Adelaide

File contains a handwritten letter dated January 8th, 1972 and written by Adelaide Sedgley, sent to Kenneth and Nora Leslie. The file expresses Adelaide's appreciation for having such wonderful friends as the Leslies at the age of 91, and expressing gratitude at receiving Leslie's volume of poems, and the "joy [...it] gave to this ancient admirer!"

Schedule and correspondence regarding the Roundtable Atlantic Conference

  • MS-2-650.2000-033, Box 29, Folder 10
  • File
  • April 20, 1990 - June 9, 1990
  • Part of Budge Wilson fonds

File includes information on the Second Annual Atlantic Roundtable Network, presented by the Nova Scotia Children's Literature Roundtable. Budge Wilson gave a presentation on the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP) as their Atlantic representative.

Sampson, Ronald

File contains a typed letter dated January 10, 1973, written by Ronald Sampson (of Bath, UK), and mailed to Kenneth and Nora Leslie. The file expresses Sampson's appreciation at the receipt of a copy of 'O'Malley to the Reds', which he "read with very great pleasure". After pointing out some of his favourite lines, Sampson singles out the line "God has gone under for a little bit" as being relevant today, given the "Christmas saturation bombing of Hanoi" which "gives [him] terrible pause to think. Contemporary culture is, to Sampson, indicative of "the total collapse of true religious understanding of the nature of man's relation to the beasts, the physical universe and his brother man".

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".

Richard Lewis Evans' correspondence regarding the Dalhousie Law School's application for the Emil Gumpert award

File contains correspondence between Richard Lewis Evans and various persons, including Joe Ghiz, Ronald N. Pugsley, Robert A. Young, John M. Rogers, Mark Chisholm, James A. Gumpert, Barbara Beach, Edward Brodsky, Louis W. Fryman, Robert A. Young, Michelle Gallant, and others. File includes correspondence that was forwarded to Richard Lewis Evans.
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