1931 1st edition. 8vo (132 x 192mm). Ppii,251. Not illustrated, introduction by Ben Ames Williams. Buff-coloured paper-covered boards, spine titled in black.
"Written to Ben Ames Williams by an old New England Farmer." "Fraternity is the fictious name of the Maine town in which some of Ben Ames Williams' stories are laid - many people think they are his best stories." Williams was a prolific writer of fiction and thinly disguised reportage of life in Maine, past and present. This is a collection of letters "sent from Bert McCorrison, farmer of Maine, to Ben Ames Williams, they give an intimate picture of a vanishing New England, and they are a totally un-selfconscious portrait of a sturdy rural pioneer." "Except for one fishing trip, McCorrison has spent his entire life within a forty mile range of his birthplace. But it has been a rich and complete life of hunting, farming, watching the weather, fishing, training his well-loved dogs, going to Town Meeting, and playing cribbage. It was while Ben Ames Williams.. ..on a trout-fishing expedition that he came to McCorrison's farm, and ever since (they have) kept up a close friendship both through correspondence and companionship. The homely, honest, yet beautiful touch in this sequence of letters recalls many fine thins - the pioneer heritage of our country, the face of Lincoln done in granite, the brooding peoetry of Robert Frost." When this book was published, Williams had already included Bert McCorrison in many of his stories about Fraternity under the pseudonym, Chet McAusland.