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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Jackie Kennedy letters mystery deepens

Published 04/09/2014 | 02:30

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Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy with Fr Joseph Leonard in Dublin. Picture: Sheppards Irish Auction House
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy with Fr Joseph Leonard in Dublin. Picture: Sheppards Irish Auction House
Bobby Kennedy writes:
"I am now chasing women madly but it looks as if I lack the Kennedy charm as I have yet to find a girl who likes me but then I don't quit easily"
Bobby Kennedy writes: "I am now chasing women madly but it looks as if I lack the Kennedy charm as I have yet to find a girl who likes me but then I don't quit easily"

Mystery surrounds the fate of letters between Jackie Kennedy and an Irish priest which were withdrawn from auction in May.

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The man holding the letters, the provincial of the Vincentian Order, Eamon Devlin, has refused to say what he intends to do with the correspondence.

The Kennedy letters - group shot of the collection
The Kennedy letters - group shot of the collection

Fr Devlin has previously said he intervened to halt the auction of the letters "to honour the privacy" of the late US First Lady and the Vincentian priest she was writing to, Fr Joseph Leonard.

A source with knowledge of the matter said Fr Devlin was not discussing the letters, even with those close to him. Management at All Hallows College in Dublin, where Fr Leonard had lived until his death in 1964, are also in the dark.

Fr Devlin did not return a call seeking comment from the Irish Independent yesterday.

Cash-strapped All Hallows had hoped to make millions of euro from the sale of the correspondence, but after the auction was cancelled the college announced it would be winding down.

Letters written by John and Bobby Kennedy are due to go on sale in Boston later this month.

The auctioneers expect them to make up to €60,000 and say Irish collectors have expressed an interest.

Irish Independent

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