Asquith & Home Rule
Redmond (John E.) An attractive colour printed invitation, to “The Prime Ministers Meeting in the Theatre Royal Dublin, July 19th, 1912, Chairman John E. Redmond, M.P., and with ticket counterfoil addressed to Mr. P.J. Kelly, Ballsbridge.” Decorated in the Celtic style by M. Fitzpatrick, & printed by Brown & Nolan, and with associated envelope. (1)More details ›
Recruitment in Cork
Redmond (W.A.) Son of John Redmond. A good A.L.s. from W.A. Redmond to a Captain Roberts, on House of Commons notepaper but addressed from The Barracks, Cork, 22.9.15, 2pp. He is responding (in his fathers absence) to an enquiry about attendances at recruiting meetings. “My own opinion .. is that Volunteer Officers who were themselves unfit for military service might be a considerable asset at Recruiting Meetings, but that the presence of those who were available for enlistment in the Army would have the contrary effect.” With a good signature. As a m/ss, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Congested Districts Board
Dillon (John) & Nathan (Sir Matthew British Under Secretary for Ireland) & The Irish Party. An interesting file of correspondence concerning the British Treasury’s objections to a loan of £100,000 sought by the Congested Districts Board to further its operations, including an A.L.s. from John Dillon to Nathan (10 March 1915), a long copy T.L. from Nathan to Dillon (3pp 11 March), a second A.L.s. from Dillon to Nathan, 12 March, a T.L.s. from John Redmond to Nathan, 23rd March, an A.L.s. from Redmond to Nathan, 2pp 25th March, a short reply (TL. copy, signed initials) from Nathan to Redmond, 26 March, and a typed Agenda for the Congested Districts Board meeting, 11 April, 1916.
Essentially the C.D.B. wanted the loan so that it could continue acquiring property for redistribution; the Treasury felt it should live within its resources and sell off some of its existing property more vigorously. Redmond and Dillon sided with the C.D.B., & Nathan tried to mediate between them. An interesting and illuminating correspondence, just a matter of weeks before the 1916 Easter Rising. As an Archive, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
The Big Fellow Covering His Tracks
Collins (Michael) A very interesting and important TLS dated 6.10.1921 to Mr. Martin Conlon, 1 pp, asking him to go to the National Land Bank in the next few days and ask to see Michael Cowley, and to sign his name in the signature book with an address ‘which will find you but should not be your own’, and mentioning three accounts ‘in which you are connected’, including a deposit account of £1000 in joint names, and a deposit account and a current account both for £300, both in Conlon’s name.
‘This £300 Current Account is meant to be available for the Secretary in my absence … What I suggest is that you see him directly he returns, and ask him how much he wants. Any amount required in addition you can make available to him out of the £300 deposit. I am going to send you this Deposit Receipt. I’ll tell you verbally where the others are.’ With a good signature, ‘Mícheál’, with two under strokes, and with details of the deposit receipt in manuscript.
*Collins’ absence was due to the Treaty negotiations, which began in London on 11 October 1921 – five days after date of this letter. As Minister for Finance Collins handled very large sums from the Dail loan and other sources, and despite their best efforts the British were
never able to cut off his funds. The careful arrangements outlined in this letter give us some idea of the reasons for his success. (1)More details ›
Signatory of the Irish Proclamation
Mac Diarmada (Sean) A printed receipt, on “Irish Freedom” (the newspaper) notepaper, with manuscript entries, and signed by Sean Mac Diarmada, 29/11/12, to Messrs Walker, Dunleary, for the sum of four shillings, for copies of the newspaper. Some tears repaired, otherwise very good, and with a very clear signature. As a m/ss, w.a.f.
* Sean Mac Diarmada, from Co. Leitrim, was manager of the I.R.B. monthly “Irish Freedom” from 1911. A close friend of Tom Clarke, he was secretary of the I.R.B. Supreme Council and a member of its Military Committee. He was a signatory of the 1916 Proclamation and fought in the G.P.O. He was executed by firing squad, 12 May 1916. (1)More details ›
Lord Mayor of Dublin
Clarke (Kathleen) A good T.L.s. on headed paper of Mansion House, Dublin, 11 July, 1939, 1pp to a Miss Lydie Thomas, from Caitlin Bean Ui Chleirigh,Lord Mayor of Dublin, thanking Ms. Thomas for her kind congratulations and good wishes on her election as Lord Mayor.
* Kathleen Clarke, widow of the 1916 leader Tom Clarke, became the first female Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1939, with the support of Fianna Fail, of which she was then a member. (1)More details ›
First Woman Lord Mayor of Dublin
Clarke (Mrs. Kathleen), Widow of the 1916 Signatory Tom Clarke. A hand coloured greeting card with design showing the G.P.O. in Dublin, titled ‘1916 Cuimhneachan’ (Remembrance), signed inside ‘Caitlin Bean Ui Chleirigh,’ Lord Mayor, Dublin, Christmas 1939. A single folded sheet (doubled), printed by Cluna Studios Dublin. In fine condition. A rare and attractive item. Together with original photographic memorial card of Kathleen Clarke laid in. (2)
* Kathleen Clarke became the first woman Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1939.More details ›
O’Hegarty (P.S.) An autograph signed letter to “Dear Daly,” on a page from a notebook, signed. Highbury Tce., 3/10/05, enclosing £3.4/- ‘for Tone Memorial from G.A.A. Its really proceeds from a ‘Gate,’ but its so miserably small that you better simply put it down without any particulars. We may do something better later on.’ As a m/ss, w.a.f. (1)
* P.S. O’Hegarty, the author, historian, later Secretary of the Irish Post Office, was at this time working in London for the British Post Office, and running various I.R.B. related activities.More details ›
Signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty
Barton (Robert) 1881 – 1975. An A.L.s.on a single line page, from Glendalough House, dated Oct. 1924, to “Dear Mr. Coyle,” enclosing ‘the only photograph of myself available. I was in the British Army from 1915 to 1917 when the food scare caused the Dept. of Agriculture to apply for my release.” With a very good signature. As a m/ss., w.a.f.
* Interestingly, as Boylan’s biographical dictionary states that Barton left the British Army because of the 1916 executions. He owned a large estate in Wicklow, was elected Sinn Fein M.P. for West Wicklow 1918, was imprisoned for making seditious speeches, became a Minister in the First Dail, but remained a supporter of Dev., and withdrew from politics soon afterwards. (1)More details ›
Author of Michael Collins Biography
Beaslai (Piaras) Two A.L.s. on hotel notepaper (New York & Indianapolis) March and May 1922, in Irish, each 2pp., to ‘Eibhlin’ (evidently an office worker or secretary), the first asking for his letters to be sent on, then telling her to send no more letters as he will soon be home, asking about various people etc. As m/ss., w.a.f.
* Beaslai, born in Liverpool, he fought in the North King Street area of Dublin during the 1916 Rising. He became Director of Publicity for the I.R.A., supported the Treaty, and in 1922 was touring the United States on a Government publicity campaign. In 1926 he wrote the State sponsored biography of Michael Collins, in two volumes. (2)More details ›
Civil War in Clifden – Bicycle Pass
Co. Galway: A pencilled note from Field Head Quarters, Clifden, dated 11th Dec. 1922, stating that Mr. A.D. Mc Donagh has permission to use his Bicycle ‘for the purpose of preceding daily from Ardbear Cottage to the National Bank, Clifden, signed W. Pratt, Staff Captain, for G.O. Directing Operations in the West. Some fold marks, v. small straight tear, no loss. As a m/ss, w.a.f. V. Scarce. (1)More details ›
The First Signatory of the 1916 Proclamation
Clarke (Thos. J.) An A.L.s. from 41 Parnell Square, 20.11.15 to ‘Gentlemen’ (details of addressee excised, probably to the cemetery authorities) 2pp (single folded sheet), giving details of the annual demonstration in memory of The Manchester Martyrs to Glasnevin Cemetery, and asking that to prevent congestion, the old entrance to the cemetery should be left open. With a very good bold signature. As a m/ss, w.a.f. (1)
* Tom Clarke, first signatory of the 1916 Proclamation, serving in the G.P.O. during the Rising and was executed on 3rd May 1916. This letter is a good example of his daily work in support of innumerable Republican causes.More details ›
Famous Son of Co. Mayo
Mac Bride (Major John) An A.L.s. to ‘Dear O’Loughlin,’ from The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo, 7th Sept. 05, 2pp folded sheet, concerning an invitation to Fr. Yorke from Galway and a vacant position as steward. Soiled and frayed to one side, without loss. With a bold signature. As a m/ss, w.a.f. (1)
* John Mac Bride, from Westport, joined the I.R.B. in the 1880’s. He went to South Africa with Arthur Griffith, where they organized ’98 Centenary celebrations, and he recruited an Irish Brigade to fight for the Boers. Returning to Europe, he married Maud Gonne in 1903, but the marriage ended in September 1905. He was on the Supreme Council of the I.R.B. and fought in the Easter Rising at Jacobs factory under Thomas Mac Donagh. Although not a Signatory of the Proclamation, he was executed on 5th May 1916. Letters from Mac Bride are Scarce. (1)More details ›
O’Rahilly (Michael) A printed receipt from Oglaigh na h’Eireann, The Irish Volunteers, 7.7.1914, with manuscript entries, issued to Miss Trench, for £5, signed and with an autographed signed covering note in Irish expressing thanks for ‘an seic breagh [the fine cheque] do chuiris chugain … Deanfaimid obair maith le is le cognamh De,” As m/ss w.a.f. (1)
* Michael O’Rahilly, a successful businessman, was chairman of the arms subcommittee of the Irish Volunteers, which organised the Howth gun-running in 1914. We can imagine the ‘obair maith’ he did with Miss Trench’s fine cheque. He initially opposed the Rising., but joined the insurgents when it began, and was killed in Moore Street on the Friday of Easter Week, the most senior ranked rebel officer killed during the fighting. (1)More details ›
de Valera (Eamon) Pobalacht na h’Eireann, Irish Republic, a printed bilingual Car Pass dated 31st January 1918, signed by De Valera and stating that the bearer is authorised to drive and use a motor car in the performance of the duties assigned to him.
* A rare De Valera signature from this period. Dev. became President of Sinn Fein, and of The Irish Volunteers in October 1917. In May 1918 he was detained under the ‘German Plot’ arrests, and jailed in Lincoln Prison. After his escape in February 1919 he went to the United States, returning in December 1919. (1)More details ›
Founder of ‘The Nation’
‘Pray do something about this at once’
Davis (Thomas) An interesting ALS to James Finan?, 2 pp, laid paper, from 61 Baggot Street, Saturday (no year). ‘Will you like a good fellow, act as Treasurer by getting the money already received from your predecessor, & by collecting the remaining subscriptions, of which you will see a list at 12 Fleet St. There are £10 due to Smith, £4.2.0. to me. We would look very awkward if there were no funds to pay those out of, don’t you think so? Pray do something about this at once.’ With a good signature. A little foxed, fold marks, small hole in blank cognate where label removed, no loss. (1)
An interesting example of Davis’ managerial style – brisk and to the point, but not offensively so. Presumably this relates to ‘The Nation’. £10, or even £4, were sizeable sums in the 1840s.
*Thomas Davis, from Mallow, was one of the most influential of Irish patriots. He founded ‘The Nation’ in 1842 with Charles Gavan Duffy and John Blake Dillon. He died of fever in 1845, still a young man. Letters from Davis are extremely rare.More details ›
Sculptor, Teacher and Executed Leader
Pearse (William) 1881 – 1916. An autograph letter signed, 1pp on notepaper of “The Hermitage,” to the Dublin Cemeteries Committee, Feb. 1911. ‘Herewith I beg to hand you cheque for am[oun]t payable now (including deposit) on monument for ‘Buckley'[?] submitted to your Committee.” Indistinctly endorsed in another hand, possibly ‘See Noel Corby, 3146.’ Snoddy (Dict. of Irish Painters and Sculptors) does not record any work by Wm. Pearse corresponding to these details. As a m/ss, w.a.f.
*Willie Pearse, younger brother of Patrick H., signatory of Proclamation worked as a sculptor in the family business before joining his brother as an art teacher at St. Enda’s. He was a most unmilitary person, and although he was a volunteer and served in the G.P.O., where he was formerly ADC to his brother, his execution after the Rising was surely unjustified (Though he did not help himself by pleading ‘guilty’ to the charge of treason). His signature is very Rare. (1)More details ›
Civil War in Dundalk
Co. Louth: An interesting autograph letter, dated Dundalk, August 20, 1922, 4pp, unsigned (probably incomplete), addressed to ‘My dear Harry,’ with a vivid description of conditions there. “We have had a very exciting week here, resulting in a considerable loss of life including several civilians. The mutineers placed a mine at the junction of Park St. and Earl Street, a most diabolical act.. and exploded it about nine of the night … they evacuated the town except about 12 men about 7 o’clock p.m. at which time the National troops were reported to have arrived…” A most revealing letter with details probable not available here to fore. As a m/ss., w.a.f. Rare. (1)More details ›
From the Curragh Camp
Kitchener (Lord) A short A.L.s., 2pp on notepaper of Curragh Camp, 5th Aug. (no year), to ‘My dear Poe’ [Sir Hutchinson Poe, Heywood Ballinakill, Co. Leix.’] regret, fully declining an invitation. ‘I have to go back to England to night as I leave on the 10th for the Soudan again’. With a bold signature ‘Kitchener.’ As a m/ss, w.a.f. (1)
* Field Marshal Horatio Kitchener [1850 – 1916] made his name in the Sudan, where he defeated the Khalifa at Omdurman, 1898, later Governor General of Sudan and commander-in-chief against the Boers in Sth. Africa. A dominating character, he was appointed Secretary of State for War 1914, re organised and expanded the British Army in the early years of the war, and was on his way to Russia for consultations when his ship sank in 1916.More details ›
Cork Rebel Leader
Moylan (Sean) 1888 – 1957. An A.L.s. on headed notepaper of Ministry of Education, 24.5.52, 1pp, to Archdeacon O’Sullivan, with details of a book, thanking him for his kindness etc., and with a good signature. As a m/ss, w.a.f. (1)
* Sean Moylan was a brigade commandant in Cork during the War of Independence. He opposed the Treaty, joined Fianna Fail and was Minister for Education 1951 – 1954. (1)More details ›