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Nicholson, Marilyn

File contains a four-page handwritten letter by Marilyn Nicholson (dated January 26, 1973) and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File begins with Marilyn expressing her great appreciation for receiving Leslie's 'O'Malley to the Reds' collection of poems, before mentioning her "modest" husband David's "temperature [rising] to 150 degrees and all his blood went to his head" upon being reminded that the piece 'Poetry and propaganda' had been dedicated to him by Leslie. The file then passes on best wishes to Nora, before discussing family goings-on.

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.

New man

File contains textual records pertaining to Kenneth Leslie's religio-political publication New-Man.

Murray, Kaye and R. Charles

File contains a Christmas card, post-marked November 1972, and sent by Kaye & R. Charles Murray (of Lower Sackville, NS), and sent to Kenneth and Nora Leslie.

Mr. Manuel Jenkins : drafts

File contains two drafts of Budge Wilson's short story "Mr. Manuel Jenkins" and a copy of the story as it appeared in "Atlantica: Stories from the Maritimes and Newfoundland" (edited by Lesley Choyce and published by Goose Lake). This story was included in Wilson's 2002 anthology "Fractures."

McQuinn, Marion and John

File contains an undated Christmas card (presumably early 1970s) sent by Marion and John McQueen to Kenneth Leslie.

McHugh, Gloria

File contains an undated Christmas card (early 1970s) written by Gloria McHugh, sent to her father, Kenneth Leslie. The card expresses hopes for "good health" and "satisfaction from your much needed work", while expressing regret about delays in writing due to her own illness over the previous summer.

McHugh, Dermot and Anita

File contains a handwritten letter (dated April 29, 1972), written by Anita and Dermot McHugh (grandson of Kenneth Leslie, son of Gloria), addressed to Kenneth Leslie. File addresses the McHughs' gratitude for the Leslies best wishes regarding their recent wedding, appreciation of the Leslies' being "very generous and kind in [their] gift-giving", and concern regarding Kenneth and Nora's poor health.

MacLean, M.

File contains a handwritten letter, written by M. MacLean (of Sydney, NS), dated April 14, 1972, and addressed to Kenneth Leslie. File expresses "very great appreciation" of receipt of a copy of 'O'Malley to the Reds', drawing connections to "the powerful image of Dr [Moses] Coady", and happy to discover that he is "still going strong [with] hopes you shall continue your creative works."

Lord, David B.

File contains seven letters (three typed and four hand-written), written between 1972 and 1973, by David B. Lord (from Jacksonville, FL). Five of the letters are addressed to Kenneth Leslie, while one is addressed to his wife, Nora, and another addressed to Kurt Anderson (New York, NY), with Kenneth Leslie and George Bilankian carbon-copied.

The first letter, dated March 25, 1972, addresses Lord's appreciation of Leslie's poetry, discusses the passing of Lord's acquaintance Harold Cohn and a misdeed the Cohn had done to Lord, as well as a request for more copies of the previous issue of New Man.

The following two letters are dated June 12, 1972. The first, addressed to Nora, expresses his closeness to her despite Lord's not having met her, having heard good things from a mutual friend in California. The other letter, addressed to Kenneth but undated (same stationery and ink), expresses Lord's regret at taking so long to answer the previous message. Lord expresses his disgust with "the shame of Vietnam" and of "Tricky Dick [...] claiming to be a Quaker, with Billy Graham as his co-pilot" as being a "good example of religion at its lowest", but expressing admiration of the "young, protesting with their bodies, but [that] the sadistic pigs are having their field day."

The fourth letter, dated December 10, 1972 and addressed to Kurt Anderson, responds to Anderson's article "From life to money to body counts" which appeared in the October 1972 issue of The Churchman. It includes excerpts from Kenneth Leslie's and George Bilankian's responses to the same article.

The fifth is a postcard sent from France, dated January 12, 1973, expressing the view that "America has failed the world."

The sixth is a handwritten four-page letter of the same date, from Foix, Languedoc, draws comparisons between the present destruction of Vietnam with the past "attempted destruction" of the "Albigensian civilization", addressing how one should address to the "hopeless disaster" while living in a country that now seems "resigned to its fate". Lord also is reminded of an article he wrote for The Protestant "more than thirty years ago" entitled 'The spirit of crucified Spain'.

In the final letter, dated March 10, 1973, Lord expresses his pleasure at having returned from France to an awaiting copy of 'O'Malley to the Reds', recounts his visit with George Bilankian in London, and remarks on the "history of dissent" found while following his family trail through genealogical work. He mentions being "indebted to Rev. James B. Leslie, M.A. Rector of Kilsaran" for directing Lord's research efforts in the right direction.

Lischeron, J. N.

File contains an undated (presumably late 1972) handwritten letter, written by J.N. Lischeron (of Windsor, ON) and addressed to Kenneth Leslie. File acknowledges Mr Lischeron's receipt of a copy of Leslie's poetry anthology "O'Malley to the Reds", and mentions the author's "deepest respect [and] great admiration [for Leslie's] forthrightness and courage to maintain the truthfullness [sic]" he upheld whilst publishing The Protestant and The New Man.

Letters to Budge Wilson

File consists of: one note from Carol; and a letter from Armbrae Academy. Includes a newspaper clipping from "The Chester Clipper", May 3, 2005 (page 6).

Letters from students

File includes letters from students at various schools, including Mount Pearl Intermediate, St. Margaret's Bay Elementary, and Riverview High School.

Letter of support for Dr. Daniel Cobb Harvey from Archibald McKellar MacMechan to Edwin Laftus

Item is three sheets of paper. The first sheet is folded to make two additional pages. The letter is Archibald MacMechan's recommendation to Edwin Laftus, that Daniel Harvey should receive the position of lecturer in History at Dalhousie University. A P.S. note by MacMechan also recommends an article that Harvey wrote for the Rhodes Foundation.

MacMechan, Archibald McKellar

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