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Formally engaged on May 20, Annette’s twenty-fourth birthday, they began making plans. He was to be baptized in the Catholic Church before their wedding: only indolence, the press of business, and lack of guidance had impeded his arranging to be received earlier into the Church. By August, at Mecosta, Annette and Russell would be of one mind: only after the wedding would Annette go abroad, and then of course with Russell. The sacrament of marriage was to join them at Our Lady of the Skies, Idlewild (Kennedy) Airport’s Catholic Chapel—since demolished, not even one brick being obtained as a memento—on the nineteenth of September, 1964.

Here he was set to work at an electromatic typewriter, recording payroll statistics. In Plymouth, twenty miles distant, his mother was beginning to die of cancer, she still young and still hopeful for the twentieth century. His mother’s decline, and the listlessness that afflicts a good many people who turn the great wheel of circulation of modern industry, sat heavy upon him. During those months Kirk read nothing but the letters of Charles Lamb, endeavoring to ignore the future, being weighed down by the bent condition of the world generally as well as by his own troubles.

The new firm of Fleet published it in New York in 1961. The romance’s popular success astonished the publisher. Time reviewed it lengthily, with a photograph of a rather sinister Kirk emerging from the doocot at Durie House (Kirk being in Scotland when the book was published). ] 1962–63 In April 1962, a good many daily papers began publishing “To the Point” by Russell Kirk. This was to be a “general” column—about subjects of widespread interest, rather than concerning politics merely (although partisan politics are meat and drink to most newspaper editors).

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