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Lot 1260/0217

Estimate: €2000-3000

“Michael Collins and The New Ireland”

Beaslai (Gen. Piaras)
An interesting file of letters concerning research for Beaslai’s biography of Michael Collins, mostly 1922-23, with a few later, includes an ALs on mourning paper from Collins’ sister Hannie, sending ‘a short account of his life in London’ (not present); another from his sister Kitty (Sheridan), responding to a questionnaire; a long letter from John Collins of Cork (apparently no relation); an interesting ALs from Bob Price, 1926, enclosing ‘some information about Mrs. Lindsay which I got from Leslie. I don’t know her source of information but it is reliable.’ (Mrs. Lindsay was the woman who gave information about the I.R.A. ambush near Dripsey (Co. Cork), and was subsequently arrested and held for a time by the I.R.A. (‘Leslie’ is probably Tom Barry’s wife, nee Price); a note on Colonial Office paper from E(dward) Marsh, making an appointment; a note form Partholan O’Conchubhair (Batt O’Connor, who later wrote his own Reminiscences about Michael Collins); a later enquiry from Desmond Greaves, 1964; a note from Shane Leslie, 1923, offering assistance; two letters from George Roberts of Maunsel & Roberts publishers, 1922, proposing to publish his book (in fact it was published by Phoenis in 1926); and a few unrelated items. As manuscripts,w.a.f.
* An important Archive relating to one of Ireland’s greatest leaders. (1)

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