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Seton to Ronald and Helene Moody, addressed from New Delhi

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In this letter Marie Seton writes about Paul Robeson’s return to London from East Berlin, his decision to retire, and his return to New York. She also shares her thoughts on Robeson’s relationship with his wife, Essie. Seton goes on to discuss Nehru and the approach he has taken with his difficulties and the different psychological directions taken by Nehru, Paul (Robeson) and Menon.
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Seton to Ronald and Helene Moody, addressed from New Delhi

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In this letter Marie Seton talks about her planned return from India. She describes the proliferation of problems in India which are widespread and differing, including devaluation and economic problems. She mentions the hope among some people that Desai will take up leadership in India and describes Menon’s problems and the conflict within him.
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from Marie Seton to Helene Moody, addressed from New Delhi

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In this letter Marie Seton writes about fabric for a divan and her work on finishing her book. She then describes the pressures surrounding Indira Gandhi and the effect on her. She goes on to talk of the repeated negative comments about Menon in the American press and the impact of this on him, which Seton believes is similar to what both Sergei [Eisenstein] and Paul [Robeson] faced. Seton discusses what her own position with regard to this and the difficulty of helping Menon. She also describes Indira’s attitude to the situation with Menon and Seton’s belief that the only …
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from Marie Seton to Helene Moody, addressed from New Delhi

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In this letter, Marie Seton talks about fabric for a divan cover and mentions a possible return to London. She informs the Moodys that she has given their names to the Nandas who will be visiting London and tells them that Satyajit Ray will also be travelling to London. Seton describes the situation with Menon following Nehru’s death, including attacks on him, and writes about meeting Menon at Madras airport when he was due to join the Cabinet. She analyses Menon, his mistakes, her relationship with him, and the effect of Nehru’s death on Menon. She segues into a discussion …
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Seton to Ronald and Helene Moody, address from New Delhi

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In this letter Marie Seton writes about the problems with Menon and her warning to Nehru of a coming crisis. She asks Moody to help Indira Gandhi to get money to England to help Rajiv (Indira’s son), who is a student there, and suggests that Peggy Ashcroft could put Indira up during her visit to London. Seton refers to the generosity of the Nehru household and the kindness shown to her. She contrasts her relaxed behaviour with members of the Nehru household with the behaviour expected of her at a £500 birthday party her mother threw for Stanley Baldwin.
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from Marie Seton to Ronald Moody, addressed from New Delhi

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This letter is incomplete. The final page(s) are missing. This letter mainly relates to Nehru’s death. Marie Seton describes thousands of people pouring past his house and refers to her presentment of his death which made her stay in India. She informs Moody that his ‚Three Heads‘ have been on the ledge outside Nehru’s room so Nehru could go nowhere without seeing them. She shares her belief that Nehru died enlightened and gives an account of her visit to Nehru on 4 May and an account of her arrival at Nehru’s house and subsequent vigil with Indira Gandhi by his …
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from Marie Seton to Helene Moody, addressed from New Delhi

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Marie Seton opens this letter by writing about fabric. She goes on to discuss the crisis in India and Nehru’s handling of it and the opposition Nehru is experiencing. She refers to her unorthodox cousin/godmother and her connection with the Nehru family. Seton also writes about Menon’s opposition to Nehru and an awkward encounter with Menon and subsequent phone call to him. This is followed by a lengthy discourse on Menon, his behaviour and what Seton views as his Messiah complex. The letter concludes with a brief reference to Moody’s ‚Savacou‘ and the phoenix-like quality of India.
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from Marie Seton to Ronald Moody, addressed from New Delhi

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Marie Seton opens this letter with a reference to the situation in Goa (Goa was annexed by India in 1961). She informs Moody that his ‚Three Heads‘ is missing from mantelpiece in the Prime Minister’s house and has been replaced by Indira Gandhi with a Japanese stone eagle and four Eskimo carvings. She comments on the Goa situation and the effect on Nehru and Indira Gandhi and also writes about poor Afro-Indian relations. Seton concludes the letter by asking Ronald to find out about Essie and Paul Robeson’s health.
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Seton to Ronald and Helene Moody, addressed from New Delhi

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In this letter Marie Seton relays to Moody her impression that Nehru is fading away. She writes about accompanying Indira to the inauguration of a village welfare project and describes the discussions on Nehru’s health which took place on the way back from the village. She tells Moody about Indira selecting brocades for people in Nigeria and Ghana and for Madame de Gaulle. Seton then describes a discussion with Indira Gandhi about Nehru’s health and Indira’s anaemia. She mentions to Moody that Indira has had problems contacting him in London. She describes her sense that Nehru’s health is declining and …
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