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Lot 550/0237

Estimate: €400-600

Letters from Ireland’s First President to his Cousin

HYDE, Dr. Douglas, President of Ireland 1937-45.

A very good collection of more than 20 autograph letters signed (mostly with initial ‘D’ or ‘Doug’) to his cousin and friend Aileen Crofton, from various addresses, six on Áras an Uachtaráin headed paper (two on mourning paper – his wife died in 1939), some with related envelopes, mostly undated, except for the letters on Presidential paper which are mostly dated 1939/40.
We have not investigated this correspondence in detail. It appears to be domestic and non-political, mostly concerning family news, gifts received (e.g. a handsome pair of socks), his and her health, various relations and their comings and goings, with occasional touches of Hyde’s humour. It was evidently a close friendship, and Hyde several times reproaches her for having passed through Dublin without coming to see him. The latest dated letter is March 12 ’40.
Hyde was probably the last resolutely non-political President of Ireland. He was elected President without opposition in 1937, and held office until his term expired in 1945. He died in 1949.
With a few other letters to Ms. Crofton, and a few photographs.
As a collection, w.a.f. (1)

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