Controversy " Ad Absurdum "
SIR,—I should like to observe (a propos the above) that I drew no conclusions as
to Tone's morals or religion. I simply edited his Autobiography, and did not— to the irritation of the unco' guid—suppress those portions of it that had never been printed before. (They had not been printed simply because no other editor had gone to the original manuscript.) The only persons who have been drawing conclusions about Tone's religion and morals are Mr. Leo McCabe, and MT. Aodh de Biacann the latter intimated that the new passages imply that Tone was an " uncle-an liver," a conclusion that I immediately rebutted in the Irish newspapers. The same correspondent also drew the conclusion that Tone was on the way to becoming a Catholic, a conclusion for which I do not think there is the slightest iota of evidence —beyond the fact that Tone did great work for the emancipation of the Catholics_ But so did O'Connell for the Emancipation of the negroes; he never, to my knowledge, became a negro. SEAN O'FAOLAIN.