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Lot 1251/0217

Estimate: €500-700

Collins (Micheal) An interesting T.L.S. to Miss (Dulcibella) Barton, on plain paper dated 15.6.1921 (some three weeks before the Truce), thanking her for a copy of Canon Kiely’s letter. ‘Yes, the thing should certainly be rubbed in now. This fellow, Supple, won’t be so anxious to ill treat some Irish prisoner in Nottingham now.’
‘I am sorry I did not see you after the last visit. it has been more and more difficult for me to keep a breast of things, as matters have been rather hard.’
With a good signature, ‘Yours sincerely / Michael Collins’.
Supple presumably had been accused of ill-treatin irish prisoners. ‘rather hard’ is an undersatement of Collins’ position in the last few weeks before the Truce, when the British were straining every nerve to smash the Volunteers. it is impressive that under such circumstances, he still had time or a note to Dulcibella Barton, who was ood friend and supporter but of no immediate relevance to his problems of day-to-day survival.
Robert Barton was released from Portsmouth Jail a few weeks later, and took part in the negotiation of the Truce. (1)

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