Letter from Alfred West to Captain Cecil Fetherstonhaugh describing the situation in Dublin and Co. Wicklow during the Easter Rising,
/1916 May 9.
|Main Author:||West, Alfred Edward, 1852-|
Letter expresses concern as to how Captain Cecil Howard Digby Fetherstonhaugh got home and asks as to the "state of the country about Bracklyn [Fetherstonhaugh's home in County Westmeath], it being so isolated". He mentions "...a little more rope the brutes would have destroyed all & everything ... could see them signalling with lamps from close here to a hill just behind Kilcroney and then on to a point on Sugar Loaf". He goes on to refer to a great number of Sinn Feiners in Bray and mentions the difficulties he had getting through Dublin on his way home from Fairyhouse and seeing dead horses on Sackville Street and the damage done to the GPO - "all the windows had been smashed and chairs & tables stuck up in them". He then mentions he "went to Kildare St. Club found the front door shut but got in by the side one, & found out that Stephen's Green was held, and that they were shooting". He goes on to say that on Wednesday he and Frank Jameson drove up to Baggot Street Bridge and helped with the wounded soldiers. He mentions that "now or never is the time for the government to stamp these devils out of the country" and "the affair at Ashbourne was as dreadful a thing that could be".
On headed paper 'Kilcroney, Bray, Ireland'.
Physical description: 1 item (4pp).
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|MS 49,365||Manuscripts Reading Room||Manuscripts|
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