Thanks for sharing that with us. What a great find.
You should scan a copy of the letter, I know I'd like to see it.
From: Naka Ishii [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 1998 4:27 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Letter from Capt. F. O'Neill, 1924
Fellow Listees -
Owing to curiousity aroused by discussions involving
"Waifs & Strays of Gaelic Melody" in the recent past on
this list, I requested the book on interlibrary loan.
I got it today, and to my amazement, when I opened the
front cover, there was a handwritten letter from Capt.
Francis O'Neill to one Father Donnelly, paper-clipped
to the first page. O'Neill writes in a large,
beautiful, and florid hand. I thought I would
transcribe the letter for those on the list interested
in what he had to say. I've tried to preserve the
punctuation and spacing he used.
He refers to No. 52, which is "Ye Banks and Braes o'
Bonnie Doon"; No. 53, is "O Nancy Wilt Thou Go with
Me?" No. 65 is "The Heart of My Kitty for Me".
5448 Drexel Ave
Chicago - Nov. 26 '-24
Dear Father Donnelly.
I am amazed at the wide scope
of your observation and the deep insight of your
philosophic knowledge as displayed on every
page of _Little_Cords_ through which I am
struggling with all availing aids to my very
gradually failing eyesight.
Today I mailed you [sic] copy of an enlarged
and somewhat revised edition of _Waifs_&_Strays_
_of_Gaelic_Melody_. Circumstances do not favor
the compilation of the 1st Ed. to my satisfac-
tion. What was left of it, I destroyed as the
new edition came to hand.
Your attention is particularly directed to Nos.
52 and 53. also No. 65 of the fifteen additional airs -
For including No. 52 - under the name "The Banks of
Lough Foyle" in my first publication _The_Music_
_of_Ireland_ I was scandalously denounced by
a Father Gaynor in public lecture on music in the
City of Cork soon after the book's appearance in 1903.
Ignoring a thousand dance tunes then printed
for the first time, Rev. Critic proclaimed to his
audience that anything in the collection of value, had
been stolen from Bunting and Petrie, as if the
Eighth Commandment had been suspended in Cork!
No. 65 is a splendid air, now first printed
also a fine double Jig in a different key and with a
double finish to second part. [I think that's what it says! - nji]
"The Shaskan Reel" No. 327 in a new dress may
Thirty numbers added to first Edition makes
365 in this -- my last.
A glimpse of the paper enables me to write
legibly, but I don't enjoy writing as before.
Yours Most Sincerely, & Gratefully --
The book itself is inscribed:
To Rev. Francis S. Donnelly S.J.
With Admiration & Gratitude
From the Compiler, Editor, & Publisher.
Nov. 22nd 1924
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