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Lot 677/7025

Estimate: €400-600

Margaret M. Pearse (sister of Patrick Pearse, sometime TD and Senator)
Three autograph signed letters to Mr. [R.W.] Lyon of Talbot Press, each 1 page, first from St. Enda’s, Rathfarnham, 29.12.1943, third from Linden (convalescent home), Blackrock, 19.5.1964, both acknowledging cheques for royalties, the other on headed paper of Blue White Productions [amateur drama charity group], dated by recipient 20.4.44, asking Lyon to deal with a request (presumably a copyright matter).
The third letter, written from Linden four years before her death, notes that ‘I was indeed glad to have it [cheque for £58.5.7d.] as I was in need of it’. She says she is fairly well at present, but includes her solicitor’s address as ‘I cannot expect to live very much longer’.
Margaret Mary Pearse [1878-1968] was the elder sister of Patrick and William Pearse. A teacher by profession, she helped her brothers with the establishment of St. Enda’s, and continued the school after their deaths until financial problems forced its closure in the early 1930s. She was Fianna Fail TD for Co. Dublin 1933-37, and a Senator from 1938 until her death. She bequeathed St. Enda’s and the surrounding land to the nation as a memorial to her brothers. Talbot Press took over publication of Patrick Pearse’s works in the 1920s after the demise of their original publishers Maunsel.

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