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Letters from the archive
PP - Angus & Robertson
MDP - Angus & Robertson

Letters from readers:
Michael 'Machine Gun' Kelley
Anita McAndrews
Stuart Gunning
Jan Matthews
Dom & Sylvia
Jacqui Calandra
John Manning
Lt. Don Astill
Lt. Don Astill (2)
Brian Stoffell
Wayne Lee Hillarys
Fred Grady
Nick Waterman
Craig Dorman
John Pullinger
Diana Ingram
Franz Orschel
Bill James
Steve Kelleher
Father Pat Kelly
Rita White
Phillip Bradley

  This is only a selection of letters, my great thanks to these people,
and others whose letters I have - and still am gladly receiving / Sava Pinney.

Letters from readers
Letter from Father Pat Kelly
2007, California

Dear Peter,
My name is Fr Pat Kelly. I am an Irish missionary priest of the Society of African Missions (SMA Fathers) and am presently working in the USA. In the late 1970's while working in Liberia, I was given an old manuscript of typed pages "Legends of Liberia - A collection of Folk Tales told by the people of Liberia and written down by Peter Pinney" by Archbishop Francis Carroll - the Archbishop of Monrovia. Archbishop Carroll has since died. In the early 1980's I had a friend re-type these stories for me (the original manuscript was in poor condition) - and I have kept it in my possession since then. I am now re-typing them into the computer to preserve them. All these years I have had no idea who Peter Pinney was or is. I have always imagined he was Liberian, but no Liberian person that I asked knew the name. Only today I decided to Google the name and I found your site. When I see the books you have written, my guess is you are the same Peter Pinney who put this collection of Legends of Liberia together. Am I right? Did you spend some time in Liberia? Have you published these stories? Can you give me any information about the manuscript that was in the possession of Archbishop Carroll? Archbishop Carroll was a big friend of President Tubman to whom the collection was dedicated, so perhaps this is how he obtained his copy.

Hoping to hear from you


Dear Father Pat Kelly,
Thank you so much for your email, it has found me his daughter Sava, not Peter, who died I'm sorry to say in 1992. In approx. 1953 at a meeting with President Tubman* dad proposed a book project - collecting and writing up Liberian folk tales and received the ok and support to do this. Dad wrote up the Liberian Folk Tales from stories he then collected traveling with President Tubman to villages. He was at this time a published author, including travels in Africa. (*He believed President Tubman to be "the first native president and one of the greatest men the Guinea Coast has known".) I hope there is the possibility of life getting better now in Liberia, it's been a tough time. You are a treasure for safe-keeping the document so well, it exists in some U.S libraries also.

My best regards,
Sava Pinney

Letter from Rita White
2007, California

Hello Sava,

My name is Rita White and I am a friend of Fr. Pat Kelly. He has given me
his copy of your father's manuscript, The Legends of Liberia, to retype for
him. I must say I am enjoying it immensely.

I spent three years in Monrovia in the seventies with my husband who was
working for the U.S. there. And that is where we met Fr. Pat.

Curious as to where your father's writings may be, I contacted the Moorland
Springarn Research Center at Howard University in Washington, DC. They
indeed had a copy and Fr. Pat and I went to see it and compare it to his
copy. It was the same.

Fr. Pat tells me you are thinking of publishing these legends. I think that
is a great idea and with your artistic skills, samples of which I viewed on
your website, would certainly enhance the stories.

I find myself spending a great deal of time on the web reading the Dust on
My Shoes extracts. Your father was indeed a fascinating man.

Well good luck to you and if there is anything I can help with I'd be more
than pleased to hear from you, or just to chat.

Rita White