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Correspondence by Ezra Pound: (c) Mary de Rachewiltz and the Estate of Omar S. Pound. Reproduced by permission.




Ten Eyck, David. Pound’s Adams Cantos. London: Bloomsbury 2014.


Pound, Ezra. Ezra Pound and Senator Bronson Cutting: A Political Correspondence 1930-1935. Eds. E. P. Walkiewicz and Hugh Witemeyer. Albuquerque: UP of New Mexico, 1995.


Beinecke Library, Olga Rudge Papers YCAL 54, Series I. Box no/ Folder no.



From Richard Johns [Pagany], 5 March 1931

YCAL 43, 39/1645; YCAL 54, 10/256

Is there no chance that a Canto might come my way? I can’t make great promises of great reward, I can promise the life of Pagany until I’m tired to the point of exhaustion, and surprising in this year and city, I find myself still healthy.


To Olga Rudge, 12 March [1931]

YCAL 54, 10/254

Ziao cara::

One damn thing after a nuther. He wrote 12 pages to Mr Harding after receiving a proper note from Mr H//

That tuk time. Then he was invited to symposiate re New Masses etc.etc. the Charkov congress of etc/ of assembled plenum authors

and to finish Chap. X. of Marx an to finish his nex thass that.


To Olga Rudge, [18 March 1931]

YCAL 54, 10/255


he hasn’t got a letter from her today


He has got about a page out of the Cong[ressional]. Rec[ord].... but that don’t etc…..


To Olga Rudge [19 March 1931]

YCAL 54, 10/255


Orl right, he forgave her.


He has retired once again to Mr. Jfrsn’s corryspondence.


To Olga Rudge, 20 March [1931]

YCAL 54, 10/255



Handed on Brookhart’s speech to Sen. Brown and also attempted to initiate American Revolution 


To Senator Bronson Cutting, 20 March 1931

L/BC 54-5

To Sen. Cutting

Thanks for Cong. Rec. of 28 ult.

Brookhart’s speech against Meyer seems to me very important. Have long thought Wilson wrecked the govt. but lacked detailed information. There is no reason why the Federal Reserve Board shd. be a private instrument of the executive.

Woodrow made. The president appoints the board and the board appoints the president (nominating, I take it; the candidates of both parties). That effectively bitches the Jeffersonian system. Destroys balance between execut. judic. and legislature.

If the papers report you correctly, you have said the constitution etc// Introduction of the fourth power: money, banks agan. [?] labor obviously upsets the original balance of the three other powers. Fed. Res. Board certainly more powerful than, let us say; the cabinet.

There is NO reason why the board shd. not be

  1. elective
  2. distributed either to geographic sections of the country


  3. among the various major interests, say corn, cotton, cattle, manufacturies as well so that the cd. put the screws on industries that treated men too rough, and onto the child labour states.
  4. There is no reason why the board shd. not sit as a committee of the senate.
  5. or that tribunes of people shd. not be present at the board meeting to report AT ONCE all attempts at malfeasance to congress.
  6. No reason why the board (in part or as a whole) shd. not be removable at the pleasure of congress. NOT for crime, and by impeachment but simply because their policy was unsatisfactory in a given case. This wd. supply your (? as reported in N.Y. World) idea of something like responsibility of European cabinets, and quick effect of general disapproval.

I dont mean that all these changes can be made, but a selection from them cd. be applied.

Brookhart shd. be made to see that his idea of nationalizing railroad or any single industry is naif by comparison. (all the supernumerary bureaucracy; red tape etc.) ineffective UNTIL you have democratized the credit control, and unnecessary when you have. (mere audit wd. [squeeze and create & chg. efficiency?]


To Olga Rudge, 22 March [1931]

YCAL 54, 10/256; AC 18


He has ordered his sleepink kar. As she has s’much to do, she do somfink more an’ send him back her carbon of Canto 32. “The revolution” said Mr Adams. 

He encs/ the remplacant. and they all better git aht ter woik. as acc Mr Johns’ encd.

Not that 33 is prob. in order. How the HELL can he be sposed to condencentrate ALL Mssrs Marx/Adams/T/J/etc. i[f] he is expected to fix his VOLITION etc/etc.etc/

Yeow, yeow yeow. Wuzz.


How does she XXXpect he is going to get thru the fag of typing XXXIII is he spends the rest of the morning writing letters??????


To Olga Rudge, 22 March 1931, 7.30 pm

YCAL 54, 10/256



other nooz///

have had time to read Bill Wm’z 28 page eulogy of cantos.

Sympozeeum wants ten pages/ Bill wants to know etc/ what to be done with rest etc. Dunno if he wants copy back at once. if not I may bring it to Parig. or send it you to send to Bill. an thass that. an itz time fer him to EAT.

ziao amure

he lugged her copy of 33 round to postha earlier in the pom. but it aint raccd/ cause fiesta.


To Olga Rudge, 27 March 1931

YCAL 54, 10/256


Canto 32 recd, graZ.


He is now goin’ out to send orf his mss/ to Mr Johns the distgt. edtr.


6 April – 22 May 1931 – research trip to Paris.

Pound is reading at the Bibliothèque nationale


To Dorothy Pound, 16 April 1931 

AC 19

I haven’t yet seen what there is in the Bib. Nat. Americana (Franklin-Adams etc). But will finish up as soon as I can without bustin’ a gut.


To Dorothy Pound, 28 April 1931 

Lilly Library, Pound Mss. III; AC 19

M-ao =

Had swat at J. Adams in Bib. nat. but the “woiks” wd take 50 days at 100 pages per. diem.

must invent some skimmier method.


To Dorothy Pound, 3 May 1931 

Lilly Library, Pound Mss. III; AC 19

Have done a good deal of Adams - short of tryin’ to read it word for word.


From Richard Johns [Pagany], 4 May 1931

YCAL 43, 39/1645

Today received your three Cantos which much please me. They will open the July number.


Cantos XXXI-XXXIII were published in Pagany II.3 July-September 1931.


To Dorothy Pound, 10 September [1931]

Lilly Library, Pound Mss. III

3 cantos in Pagany. with only a few misprints.  & a few lost commas.


Cantos LII - LXXI

confucius adams 2