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St. Patrick's House, Catholic University of Ireland. Blarney - Cork
August 14th 1861
My dear Professor O'Curry
As I am such a novice in my new duties, you must kindly pardon me, if I shd. not exactly know your position with regard to the publication of your great Work.
In accordance with your request communicated to me thro' Mr. Fowler, I requested him to make up a copy for you for the Dublin Review and as when I had the pleasure of seeing you you said you wished for a copy unbound for Dr. Todd, I directed Mr. Fowler to send you it also. I trust you have duly received both. Of course, you must give Dr. Petrie a copy;
people from one end of Ireland to the other pray for an Institution, which, through God's blessing, will make our country the Insula Doctorum, in the very words in which our Fathers prayed to them who is the Seat of Wisdom.
Might not such a publication, accompanied by a statement that this prayer is only one of a number of the like kind discovered by you, be the best advertisement we could have of a volume of these records?
Or perhaps, on the other hand it might be better to extract this from the volume when published?
Of these things we shall speak, when we meet on my return to Dublin, which will be, I expect next week; or at any rate, please God, before the end of this month.
Wishing you & yours every blessing,
would, I think, and the sale of the Work very considerably.
You will see, then, that it is about the "Lectures", not about the "Tracts" I have written to Lord Dunhaven.
I shall do nothing about these latter till I have the pleasure of seeing you.
With regard to those most interesting pieces, I would not thinking of giving up the publication of them even if we printed for the millions the beautiful litany of the Blessed Virgin, & procured Indulgences for its recital. I hope we shall be able to give to the world at no distant day all these holy & glorious relics of our dear country, which you have brought to light. But apart from this, or rather along with this, it seemed to me a glorious thing (besides the spiritual advantages it would secure for us) that you & our University should make our
and if you will have the goodness to tell Mr. Fowler or to let me know the further number you would wish to have, and whether bound or unbound, I shall give him an order for them - you have only to intimate to him or me your wishes - for who has a better right to the book than you?
When I came to the University, I learned from Dr. [Yarther?] that there was a regular hitch about its publication. However, last week before leaving town I made arrangements with Mr. Duffy for its immediate publication. The only delay now is the binding. I have requested Mr. John Pigot to settle this point, for I understand from you, that you wished this matter to be left in his hands. I have just had a note from him, which I answer by this post.
I have fixed 12/6 as the price; since, after consulting with the publisher & others I think that price is more likely to be remunerative than the higher one.
I think I mentioned to you, that about a fortnight since Lord Drumraven wrote to me asking me what was the delay in the publication of the Work. In my note to him the other day I asked him for a letter which might serve to show the public the estimate in which he holds it. I have written to Dr. Moriarity in the same sense; & I am also thinking of applying to the Archbishop of Tuam for a few lines. A few letters of this kind published in the form of a