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Re: A new book with many Persse references
Posted by: Andrew Caddell (ID *****7550) Date: July 24, 2003 at 13:23:25
In Reply to: A new book with many Persse references by James Charles Roy of 78

This looks excellent and I would very much like to read it. I found the previous book (which was a collection of letters from my great-great-great grandfather, Henry S. Persse to his sons, to be fascinating. I would very much like to order one -- especially autgraphed!.

I think it is somewhat unfortunate that not much attention is paid to his son, Thomas Moore (my grandfather's grandfather), who did not stay in the US as his brothers did, but returned from America to become consul in galway and was later the Mayor of the city who was responsible for the building of the water and sewage system there.

Although he buiilt a palace modelled after Washington's Mount Vernon (with cherry wood from Virginia as the interior) he was such a "liberal benefactor to the poor" according to his obituary, that he eventually declared bankruptcy and lived in a small home in Salt Hill. Mount Vernon became Mount St. Mary's and is now the home of the Catholic Bishop of Galway. I have been there a few times and it is an impressive home.

Andrew Caddell
Ottawa, Canada




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