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This is the only mention of Eliot I saw in the Paris Review interview of
Marianne Moore. It is the leading question. Posted mainly to see if
system Po is still alive.
Miss Moore, I understand that you were born in St. Louis only about ten
months before T. S. Eliot. Did your families know each other?
No, we did not know the Eliots. We lived in Kirkwood, Missouri, where my
grandfather was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. T. S. Eliot’s
grandfather—Dr. William Eliot—was a Unitarian. We left when I was about
seven, my grandfather having died in 1894, February 20. My grandfather,
like Dr. Eliot, had attended ministerial meetings in St. Louis. Also, at
stated intervals, various ministers met for luncheon. After one of these
luncheons my grandfather said, “When Dr. William Eliot asks the blessing
and says, ‘and this we ask in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,’ he is
Trinitarian enough for me.” The Mary Institute, for girls, was endowed
by him as a memorial to his daughter Mary, who had died.