From a June 20, 1962 letter to Penn State Professor William L. Werner:

...I really think Penn State, rather than Texas, ought to have my stuff, and that I ought to give it to them.

  I grow weary of the efforts of people like Kazin (Alfred Kazin, writer and critic 1915-1998) to squeeze all Irish-named people into a Studs Lonigan mold. On the Delaney side I go back to pre-Revolutionary times, straight line, and even my O'Hara grandfather was an officer in the Civil War. In Ireland O'Hara is one of the four or five names that go back to the 10th Century. An O'Hara took Cornwallis' sword to Washington at Yorktown. When you know these things you do not forever sit silent.

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