Series 2
Letters, 1887-1938
Boxes 2 - 3

Scope and Content Note

This series (81 items; 106 pieces) comprises an eclectic compilation of letters (1887-1938) from Yeats to various of his acquaintances. Many are addressed to Lady Gregory, an ardent Irish nationalist with whom Yeats collaborated on numerous theatrical and political undertakings. Another group of letters is addressed to Yeats' publisher T. Werner Laurie and relates to the publication of A Vision.

The letters concern various topics: Yeats's poetic and dramatic works, politics, the Abbey Theatre, and reflections about Yeats's family and his personal life. Several letters discuss controversy surrounding Sir Hugh Lane's art collection; another group reflects Yeats's concern about the health problems of Maud Gonne MacBride's son-in-law, Francis Stuart.

Bracketed designations (e.g., [I-347] and [Add1]) refer to item descriptions appearing in Sotheby's auction catalogs of July 23-24, 1979 [I], 17 December 1979 [II], or to additional acquisitions to the collection. WBY denotes William Butler Yeats; AG denotes Lady Gregory.

There is also some Yeats family correspondence, including notes from Elizabeth Yeats to her cousin Grace.

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder Content
2 1 WBY to [Stephen] Gwynn, Tuesday [1887?], Clondalkin, Ireland, ALS, 2 p. [II-214]. Re subscriptions to and contents of The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems.
2 1a John Butler Yeats to John O'Leary, 16 December 1896, 3 Blenheim St., Bedford Park, 4 p. Re thanking him for his memoirs Recollections of Fenians and Fenianism. [2003-12-04]
2 2 WBY to [Henry] Newbolt, [1902 February 4], London, ALS, 1 p. Re Newbolt publishing "Speaking to Musical Notes" (later published under the title "Speaking to the Psaltery") in the Monthly Review.
2 3 WBY to [Henry] Newbolt, [1902] April 5, Dublin, ALS, 3 p. Re "Speaking to the Psaltery" and recent performances of AE’s Deirdre and Yeats’s Kathleen ny Hoolihan. Kathleen ny Hoolihan.
2 4 WBY to [Henry] Newbolt, [ca. 1902], London, ALS, 1 p. Re a dinner invitation.
2 5 WBY to "Mrs. Ball," 1903 July 8, London, LS, 1 p. [Add6] [body of letter in hand of Annie Horniman]. Re missing a social engagement.
2 6 WBY to AG, 1904 November 4, London, TLS with autographed revisions, 2 p. [I-360]. Re Charles Ricketts's paintings; George William Russell.
2 7 WBY to Rosamund G. Langbridge, Monday [1907 February 11], Dublin, ALS, 4 p. [Add3]. Re the Playboy riots and debate at the Abbey Theatre; Matty Bodkin; John Martin Harvey.
2 8 Typed carbon, signed by WBY and AG and with annotations by C. H. Norman, petitioning the Rt. Hon. Sir Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs [1907] [London?], TDS (carbon), 2 p. [Add1]. Re Egyptian captives sentenced for attacking the British at Denshawai in 1906.
2 9 WBY to [Henry] Newbolt, [1911 June?], London, ALS, 1 p. Re signing "the Shaw letter."
2 10 WBY to AG, [1912] August 8, Colleville, Calvados [France], ALS, 2 p. [I-364]. Re two poems: ["The Mountain Tomb"] and ["To a Child Dancing in the Wind"]; Dunsany preface; [ The Cutting of an Agate] preface.
2 11 WBY to AG, [1913] February 19, London, ALS, 4 p. [I-361]. Re health, travel plans; Sir Hugh Lane's art collection; AG's nephew; Ezra Pound.
2 12 WBY to Alfred Graves, [1913 March 13], London, ALS, 1 p. Re travel plans and invitation to a concert and recitation.
2 13 WBY to AG, 1913 May 20, London, TLS with autographed revisions, 2 p. [I-362]. Re parapsychology.
2 14 WBY to [Holbrook] Jackson, [1917?] May 19, Coole Park [Ireland], ALS, 1 p. [Add9]. Re concern that his corrected proofs [perhaps of his preface to At the Hawk's Well that appeared in Jackson's Today, 1917 May] be followed. Today, 1917 May] be followed.
2 15 WBY to AG, [1917] November 3, London, ALS, 3 p. [I-363]. Re George Yeats's ignorance of WBY's earlier marriage proposal to Iseult Gonne; a Noh play based on The Only Jealousy of Emer; two enclosed poems (missing), referred to without title: ["The Lover Speaks"] and ["The Heart Replies"].
2 16 WBY to Dr. B. Solomons, [1920] August 4, Dublin, ALS, 3 p.; WBY to Dr. B. Solomons, [ca. 1920 August 4], Dublin, ALS with enclosure (telegram: [Maud] Gonne MacBride to WBY, 1920 August 4, Rathdrum [Ireland]), 1 p.; WBY to Dr. B. Solomons, [ca. 1920 August 4], [Dublin], ALS with postscript on flap of accompanying envelope, 1 p.; and WBY to Dr. B. Solomons, 1920 August 6, Dublin, ALS, 1 p. 4 items [Add8] Re plans and machinations to secure treatment for Francis Stuart; brief allusion to George Yeats's illness.
2 17 WBY to AG, 1921 December 19, Oxford, TLS, 3 p. and AG to "Dear . . .," [1921?], n.p., TLS (mimeogr.) with autographed revisions, 1 p.; [I-365], 2 items. Re the Abbey Theatre as the Irish National Theatre.
2 18 WBY to AG, [1923] January 11, Dublin, ALS, 2 pp. [I-366] and WBY to AG, [1923] January 22, London, ALS, 2 p. [I-367], 2 items. Re Sir Hugh Lane's picture collection and its return to Ireland.
2 19 WBY to AG, [1923] January 23, London, ALS, 2 pp. [I-368]. Re Sir Hugh Lane's picture collection; Yeats's travel plans; Yeats's concern about his image as an Irish senator.
2 20 WBY to AG, [1923 January 30], London, ALS, 2 pp. [I-369]. Re Sir Hugh Lane's picture collection; Oliver St. John Gogarty's exile from Ireland to London because of difficulties in Dublin.
2 21 WBY to [Thomas Werner] Laurie, 1923 March 13, Dublin, TLS with autographed revisions and postscript, 2 pp. Re Yeats’s slow progress on "my philosophical book" ( A Vision) and recent violence in Dublin.
2 22 WBY to "Dear Sir," 1923 May 5, Dublin, TLS, 1 p. Re publication of The Wind Among the Reeds.
2 23 WBY to [Thomas Werner] Laurie, [1923] September 27, Dublin, ALS, 4 pp. Re "the first big bundle" of his new book ( A Vision) and his estimate of it.
2 24 WBY to [Thomas Werner] Laurie, 1924 April 20, Dublin, TLS with autog. corrections, 1 p. Re expected date of completion for A Vision.
2 25 WBY to [Thomas Werner] Laurie, 1924 August 12, Dublin, TLS with Laurie’s response on the verson, 1 p.; [Thomas Werner Laurie] to WBY, [1924 August 18], [London], AL on verso of Yeats’s letter, 1 p. Re Yeats’s dissatisfaction with A Vision and delay in finishing the work. Laurie notes cancelled orders.
2 26 [Thomas Werner Laurie] to WBY, 1924 August 18, [London], TL (carbon), 1 p. Re cancellations of orders for A Vision.
2 27 WBY to [Thomas Werner] Laurie, 1924 September 11, Dublin, TLS with autog. corrections and postscript, 1 p. Re expected date of completion of A Vision and his wish to print as much as a quarter of the book in italics.
2 28 WBY to [Thomas Werner] Laurie, [1924] September 22, Dublin, ALS, 2 p. Re expected sales of A Vision, Yeats’s conception of the rest of the book, and the self-revelation of the work.
2 29 George Yeats to [Thomas Werner] Laurie, 1925 April 14, Dublin, TLS, 1 p. Re Yeats’s work on A Vision and its expected completion.
2 30 WBY to [Thomas Werner] Laurie, [1925] July 29, Dublin, ALS, 1 p. [lacking enclosure] Re proofs of A Vision and corrections to illustrations.
2 31 WBY to [Thomas] Werner Laurie, [1925] July 30, Ballylee, Co. Galway, ALS, 2 p. Re [Edmund] Dulac and proofs of A Vision.
2 32 [Thomas Werner Laurie] to WBY, 1925 August 7, [London], TL (carbon), 1 p. Re proofs of A Vision, changes to illustrations, and "the historical cone."
2 33 WBY to [Thomas] Werner Laurie, [1925] August, Dublin, ALS, 1 p. Re changes to blocks and continued difficulties with A Vision.
2 34 WBY to [Thomas] Werner Laurie, [1925] August 12, Dublin, ANS [lacking enclosure], 1 p. Re Yeats’s approval of diagrams.
2 35 WBY to [Thomas Werner] Laurie, [1925] September 23, Dublin, ALS, 1 p. Re reading proofs.
2 36 H. Watt to [Thomas] Werner Laurie, 1925 September 24, London, TLS, 1 p. Re publication date for A Vision.
2 37 WBY to [Thomas Werner] Laurie, [1925] September 24, Dublin, ALS, 1 p. Re proofs of A Vision.
2 38 WBY to [Thomas] Werner Laurie, [1925] September 26, Dublin, ALS, 2 pp. Re corrections and additions to proofs, and AG’s reaction to A Vision.
2 39 WBY to [Thomas Werner] Laurie, [1925] September 28, Dublin, ALS, 2 pp. Re Edward Martyn and resuming work on The Trembling of the Veil.
2 40 [Thomas Werner Laurie] to H. Watt, 1925 September 28, [London], TL (carbon), 1 p. Re date of publication of A Vision and Yeats’s slowness with proofs.
2 41 [Thomas Werner Laurie] to WBY, 1925 September 30, [London], TL (carbon), 1 p. Re return of galley proofs, revision to historical cones diagram, and the number of plates requiring Yeats’s signature.
2 42 WBY to [Thomas Werner] Laurie, [1925] October 21, Dublin, ALS, 1 p. Re Lennox Robinson reading proofs of A Vision.
2 43 [Thomas Werner Laurie] to WBY, 1925 October 22, [London], TL (carbon), 1 p. Re printer’s impatience with continued delays.
2 44 WBY to [Thomas Werner] Laurie, [1925] October 23, Dublin, ALS, 1 p. [postscript on verso struck through] Re return of proofs.
3 1 WBY to [Thomas Werner] Laurie, [1926] January 16, Dublin, ALS, 3 pp. Re review copies for Irish papers.
3 2 [Thomas Werner Laurie] to WBY, 1926 January 18, [London], TL (carbon), 1 p. Re review copies and disposition of free copies.
3 3 WBY to Henry Mead Bland, [1926] May 24, Dublin, ALS, p. [Add4]. Re a missed meeting with Miss Virginia Sanderson; recollections of teaching in San Jose, California, in 1904.
3 4 WBY to [J.B.] O’Connell, 1928 October 11, Dublin, TLS, 1 p. Re travel to Italy and wish to see O’Connell before leaving.
3 5 George Yeats to [J.B.] O’Connell, 1928 October 11, Dublin, ALS, 2 pp. Re recovery of a sword taken by the British.
3 6 [J.B.] O’Connell to WBY, 1928 October 14, Dublin, ALS, 2 pp. Re efforts to meet Yeats, his own schedule, and his admiration for Yeats’s actions as senator.
3 7 George Yeats to [J.B.] O’Connell, 1928 October 115, Dublin, TLS, 1 p. Re Yeats’s travel schedule, O’Connell joining them in Rapallo, and their address in Italy.
3 8 WBY to [J.B.] O’Connell, [1928] October 19, London, ALS, 1 p. Re his London address and his wish that O’Connell visit them in Rapallo.
3 9 [J.B.] O’Connell to WBY, 1928 October 25, Dublin, ALS, 3 pp. Re travel plans and censorship bill.
3 10 WBY to [J.B.] O’Connell, [1928] October 25, London, ALS, 1 p. Re lost mail and wish that O’Connell visit them in Rapallo.
3 11 [J.B.] O’Connell to WBY, 1928 October 26, Dublin, ALS, 2 pp. Re a lost letter and wish to clarify the matter Yeats wanted to discuss with him.
3 12 WBY to [J.B.] O’Connell, [1928] October 26, London, ALS, 2 pp. Re suitability of [Denis?] Gwynn or Lennox Robinson to write a biography of [Kevin?] O’Higgins.
3 13 [J.B.] O’Connell to WBY, 1928 October 27, n.p., ALS, 2 pp. (fragment) Re O’Higgins biography.
3 14 WBY to [J.B.] O’Connell, [1928] October 29, London, ALS, 2 pp. Re O’Higgins biography, Lennox Robinson, and [Denis?] Gwynn.
3 15 WBY to AG [1930 May 25], Rapallo, Italy, ALS, 4 pp. [I-379]. Re Yeats's reaction to being denied poet laureateship; his political views; his views on parenting and on his children; mentions John Masefield and AugustusJohn.
3 16 WBY to [J.B.] O’Connell, 1930 December 15, Dublin, TLS, 1 p. Re dinner invitation to O’Connell and visit by "a young man writing a book on me."
3 17 WBY to George Russell, [1932 September 30], Dublin, ACS Re Padraic Colum.
3 18 WBY to "Mrs. Gough," 1933 June 27, Dublin, TLS, 1 p. [Enclosure missing.] Re Yeats's intention to write a "Life" of Lady Gregory; mentions John Huntington.
3 19 WBY to "Mrs. Gough," [1933] October 24, [Dublin}, ALS, 1 p. with envelope. Re Mrs. Gough’s generosity to the Abbey Theatre; request for letters Yeats needed for use in a current project; mentions Lady Gregory.
3 20 WBY to J.B. O’Connell, 1935 June 19, AL (dictated), 1 p. Re recent congestion of lungs, 70th birthday, and dinner invitation.
3 21 WBY to "Mr. Keller," 1935 August 13, Dublin, TLS with enclosure (WBY to "Executors of Lady Gregory's Will," 1935 August 14, Dublin, TLS, 4 p.), 5 pp. [Second enclosure, a letter from [John] Huntington to WBY (1935 July), missing.] Re autobiographical material by Lady Gregory; Lady Gregory's writing style.
3 22 WBY to [Henry] Newbolt, 1936 October 7, Dublin, TLS, 1 p. Re payment for poems printed in the Oxford Book of Modern English Verse.
3 23 WBY to [Eric] Gorman, 1936 August 3, Dublin, TLS with autogr. revisions, 1 p. Re complaints relating to performance of Playboy and possible Abbey Theatre Board meeting to discuss complaints; mentions Cusack
3 24 WBY to [Eric] Gorman, 1936 November 5, Dublin, 1 p. with autogr. revisions. Re new Parnell play and Yeats’s desire to produce the play in its unexpurgated form; mentions Henry Harrison, Esnor,Captain O’Shea.
3 25 WBY to Eric Gorman, [1937 or 1938] April 9, c/o Miss [Nora S.] Heald, The Chantry House, Sussex, ALS, 1 p. [Add2]. Re casting of The Player Queen; the Abbey Theatre; mentions Miss Forbes Robinson and Lennox Robinson.
3 26 George Yeats to [J.B.] O’Connell, 1939 February 13, Dublin, TLS with postsript, 1 p. Re O’Connell’s correspondence with WBY.
Incomplete or Missing Dates:
3 27 WBY to [J.B.] O’Connell, ? May 16, Coole Park, Gort, ALS, 1 p. Re completing book and resting at Coole Park.
3 28 WBY to [Henry] Newbolt, ? May 24, Coole Park, Gort, ALS, 1 p. Re meeting Newbolt at the Poet’s Club.
3 29 WBY to [Henry] Newbolt, ? June 2, Dublin, ALS, 1 p. Re granting Newbolt permission to quote him.
3 30 WBY to [J.B.] O’Connell, ? December 30, London, ALS, 1 p. Re sending review copies of O’Connell’s book to Desmond MacCarthy, T. Ellen Roberts, and T.S. Eliot.
3 31 WBY to [J.B.] O’Connell, n.d., London, ALS, 1 p. Re Yeats’s efforts to get O’Connell’s book reviewed.
3 32 George Russell to Miss. Mulcahy, n.d. (Wednesday), ALS, 4 pp. Re Mulcahy’s study of W.B. Yeats and permission to use quotations from Yeats.
3 32a J.B. Yeats to Miss Gill, 2 pp
3 33 Christmas cards and notes from Elizabeth Yeats to her cousin Grace, undated
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