Letter by CJD to R.H. Croll 1913.07.20

July 20/13

Dear Croll

I think I need hardly tell you how much I appreciate and am grateful for your very kind letter. A little thing like that, now and again, does a man good, and even has its value to a rhymster.

In picking out "The Sentimental Bloke" you strike (share?) my idea of what is best in what there is of my rhymes. Someone has said that slang is the illegitimate sister of Poetry, and, if an illegitimate relationship is the nearest I can get, I am content.

Remember me kindly to friends Flower Simpson & the others. Glad to see you in Toolangi again. I enclose a few cards.

Yours truly
C.J. Dennis

McLaren Collection, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne.

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