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The Old Cinema,
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Co. Killkenny,
R95 XV05,

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Lot 1250/0217

Estimate: €600-800

“Rage and Shame and Disappointment”

Collins (Micheal)
A very good T.L.S. with manuscript postscript, to Miss D. Barotn of Annamoe House, Glendalough, 12 February 1920, on Dail Eireann Finance Dept. notepaper, signed ‘Do chara / M. O C.’, acknowledging notes and application forms (presumably relating to the Dail Loan), and concluding, ‘Yes indeed it was simply disastrous about Bob. Acutally at the time of writing this (Wednesday evening) I am full o hope on the question,’ and with a manuscript postscript, ‘Now I’m smarting under a felling of rage & shame & disapointment.’
With a Dail compliments sheet inscribed by Collins, ‘Also Bob’s charge sheet etc. / I’m positively heart broken on the business,’ The explanation for Collins’ unusual feelings of rage, shame and disappointment relates to an unsuccessful attempt to rescue Barton after his court appearance. Armed Volunteers held up a British Army lorry in broad daylight in Dublin, and searched it, expecting to find Barton; but they had the wrong lorry and he was not there. Collins did not often make a mistake in such matters. (2)

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