Letter from President Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (1858 –1919)
Letter to Lady Gregory
Washington, D.C., June 8, 1903
In a note to John Redmond, leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, which was widely published in Irish and American newspapers in May 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt mentioned having read and enjoyed Gregory’s Cuchulain of Muirthemne. She swiftly sent him a copy of her newly published collection of folktales and plays, Poets and Dreamers—to which this letter is Roosevelt’s reply. This began a long correspondence and friendship, with Gregory visiting the Roosevelts during her trips to America. When the Abbey Theatre’s touring company faced violent protests against J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World in 1911, Roosevelt offered her pivotal support by escorting her to the theater and conspicuously sitting beside her.
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