Excerpt from Selections From Scottish Canadian Poets: Being a Collection of the Best Poetry Written by Scotsmen and Their Descendants in the Dominion of Canada; With an Introduction
HE idea of collecting and publishing a book of Scottish Canadian poetry originated with Dr. Da... niel Clark, and was undertaken by the Caledonian Society of Toronto at a meeting held on May 14th, 1895. A strong feeling existed that, besides what had already been published, there was much meritorious poetry scattered throughout the country, which had never passed through a printer's hands and a desire was expressed that all the richer specimens be collected and printed in book form, and thus preserved to posterity. The work Of collection began in the fall of I896, and has proceeded with more or less activity ever since. The task - if it can be so-called - has proved a very pleasant one. The project has met with universal sympathy and countenance, and those with whom letters have been exchanged seem to have vied with each other in an effort to help on the good work. Not only have the authors lent ready aid by forwarding specimens of their writings, but they have in numerous instances given timely hints that have led to the discovery of many fine productions which, but for their intervention, would, in all probability, have remained in oblivion to the end of time. To those friends warm thanks are due and are hereby cordially tendered. Special thanks are due to Mr. Charles C. James, Deputy Minister of Agriculture for the Province of Ontario, for the use of several volumes of scottish-canadian poetry.
In most instances the consent of authors has been obtained to make selections from their writings, and in no instance has this permission been refused; on the contrary every facility has been afforded in the direction of making the collection as representative as possible. Should it be found, however, that poems have been included in this volume without the consent Of the author, an apology is hereby tendered, which, it is hoped, may mollify any one who considers that a liberty has been taken.
Gratifying features of the work of collection have been the many friendships formed, the interesting correspondence elicited, and the general interest aroused throughout the Dominion on the subject Of scottish-canadian poetry; an interest which, it is felt, will be greatly intensified as soon as the volume gets into the hands of the public.
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