HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. 1899-1961.
Autograph Letter Signed ("E." followed by "K.K."), 3 pp recto and verso, 4to, Ste-Julie Station, Quebec, August 16, n.y. [1920s], to "Weeley" (probably Hemingway's boyhood friend William B. Smith, Jr.), on Hotel Ste-Julie stationery, small very pale dampstain on lower edge, else fine.
Wonderful letter from the young Hemingway, penned from a lodge about 45 miles from Quebec City. In part: "Well, a convivial ghost has been in this room, gulping its share of 'The Embassy-Special Old Liqueur Whisky' and then in the dining-room using 1/4 qt. of native sherry at $1.00 per qt. ... The country is extremely wild and primitive, but ... owing to our mastery of the verbs 'manger' and 'buver' we have done fine so far. There is a splendid law in Quebec which allows one to buy hard liquor at a nice refined place called 'Commissaire de liqueurs de Quebec.' We have done this, not trying to buy wine or ale except at meals and it works very well. / We are going to enquire as to houses for rent from now on, because the only thing the country lacks is us and Waugh-Clymers, and where Calliga's throw us out on behalf of Musgroves. I hope you will not mind learning the French for 'vins' and 'biere.' Anyhow, they appreciate pantomime. / Well, Weeley, with every swallow we have missed you- and believe me, one swallow has not made the summer. Leave the Russian Peril, for La Belle, Quebec." At the close of the letter Hemingway has drawn a small picture of a 5-quart liquor bottle.