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Letter from Marie Seton to Ronald and Helene Moody, addressed from Athlone

29 July–8 August 1966

Page 1

Created by
Marie Seton 1910–1985
Recipients
Ronald Moody 1900–1984 Helene Moody 1902–1978
Date
29 July–8 August 1966
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Ronald Moody, ‘Page 1’ 29 July–8 August 1966
Created by
Marie Seton 1910–1985
Recipient s
Ronald Moody 1900–1984
Helene Moody 1902–1978
Title
Letter from Marie Seton to Ronald and Helene Moody, addressed from Athlone
Date
29 July–8 August 1966
Format
Document - correspondence
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Presented to Tate Archive by Cynthia Moody, the sculptor's niece, 1995.
Reference
TGA 956/1/2/58/63

Description

This letter was started on 29 Jul 1966 and finished on 8 Aug 1966.

29 Jul 1966
This letter opens with Marie Seton's account of her arrival in Ireland by the 'back door' of Galway. She shares her impressions of Ireland and the Irish, including a sense of cleanliness, friendliness, and the impression of the Irish people being far from England in spirit. Seton describes some of the sights she has seen including ruins and standing stones and discusses the treatment of Protestants and sectarianism. She tells Moody of a visit to Clonmacnoise, comparing it with Chicago, and goes on to talk about the Henry Wallace campaign and the behaviour of Chicago police. Seton shares her thoughts on black power and her belief that NAACP negroes sold Paul [Robeson] out.

8 Aug 1966 (contd)
Addressed from Dublin
Seton tells Moody about her meeting with Liam O'Leary and gives an account of a tour of Dublin battlefields on foot with him. She shares her thoughts on the similarity of Ireland and India, refers to Irish history, and expresses her distaste for Paisleyism. Seton describes Dublin and gives an account of a purchase of clothes from a tailoress in Athlone. The letter ends with a brief reference to a bus strike and a description of orchid pink toilets.

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