Artist Pound seeks information about the British modernist poet and family friend, Basil Bunting. She writes to the editor of the New English Weekly, Philip Mairet. “Can anyone send news of Basil Bunting? Considered by a small, determined but highly competent group of leaders to be the most interesting Eng. poet of the late 1920s or early ‘30s - Quaker - conscientious objector in first world war, said by the Chicago ‘Poetry’ to have been doing ground work in air-force, last seen according to rumour on a Trawler.…” Signed, “Dorothy Pound.” Bunting and Pound became friends and colleagues.
When she wrote this letter, Dorothy Pound had already moved to Washington, D. C. to be near her husband, famed poet Ezra Pound. He was incarcerated in St. Elizabeth's mental hospital in Washington, D. C. after having been indicted for treasonous activities against the United States including support for Mussolini's fascist regime.