ALS signed “Viceroy of Rhode Island,” two pages both sides, 5.75 x 6.5, personal letterhead, February 14, . Letter to Walter J. Coates, editor of the literary journal Driftwind, headed “To His Worship, the Chief Counsel, The lowly President of the Committee sends greeting,” with a date of “Idibus Februarii, Anno Reipublicae Viridmontanae I.” In part: “As for my comments on the new Driftwind—they really represent merely the spontaneous preferences dictated by my personal bias rather than any objective estimate of relative intrinsic merit. River in Spring seems to win the straw vote…Laboratorically Speaking seems to be too much of philosophical concoction to be a poem. It’s clever stuff, whatever it is, but it hasn’t the singing beauty & ecstasy that make poetry…Our warm spell broke a couple of days ago, & we are having what is is subarctic weather for us—Though, thank heaven, the ground is snowless. But as Percy B. said—‘if winter comes’ & all that!
H. P. Lovecraft Autograph Letter Signed