- Created by
- Marie Seton 1910–1985
- Letter from Marie Seton to Ronald and Helene Moody, addressed from Athlone
- 29 July–8 August 1966
- Document - correspondence
- Tate Archive
- Presented to Tate Archive by Cynthia Moody, the sculptor's niece, 1995.
- TGA 956/1/2/58/63
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.
- Papers of Ronald Moody TGA 956 (248)
- Correspondence TGA 956/1 (84)
- Correspondence with friends TGA 956/1/2 (84)
- Letters from Marie Seton TGA 956/1/2/58 (71)