Editor: I refer to John Palmer's edifying article in The Guardian (Jan. 16) on the subject of the "Birthplace of Canada." As one who advocates precision in the use of language, I applaud his analysis of what actually happened in 1864 and subsequent years.
I have always preferred to refer to the conference in Charlottetown as a good party with lots of alcohol, which produced the germination of an idea. Perhaps the "Coitus Interruptus of Confederation" would be an accurate appellation.
After all, it is impossible for anyone, except perhaps the writers of the Old and New Testaments, to identify the "birthplace" of anything three years in advance of the birth. Even more inaccurate is the reference to Charlottetown, as the "Cradle of Confederation" for one has no use for a cradle in the absence of a child to put in it.
Thus the "Birthplace of Confederation" and "Cradle of Confederation" defy the laws of biology. The references to Charlottetown as such create what might best be referred to as an urban "urban myth."
M. Raymond Moore,