A collection of 6 autograph signed letters from Thomas Sexton to publisher Edmund Downey;
mentioning various Waterford personalities known to both of them;
1914 - 1929
|Main Creator:||Sexton, Thomas, 1848-1932|
Amongst the letters is one dated 17 October 1919 which concerns the future of the "Freeman's Journal", for which he reports "no tender has been lodged". Sexton discusses some of the possible bidders. Other letters mention Waterford personalities including the novelist Richard Dowling and a letter dated 31 October 1928 includes a three-page obituary by Sexton of Judge Martin Keogh(of the United States Supreme Court), who was a boyhood friend at Sexton's in Waterford – "He and I were fellow-members of the Waterford Young Men's Society, and associates in its Debating Club. I believe he was the last survivor, except myself, of that little band of hearty comrades".
Thomas J. Sexton was an M.P. for Kerry from 1892 to 1896 and an anti-Parnellite. He was the manager of the "Freeman's Journal" from 1892 to 1912. Edmund Downey was born in Waterford in 1856, where his father ran a shipping business. He went to London c.1880 where he established himself as a publisher and writer. A supporter of Parnell, he returned to Waterford in 1906. After 1916 he became a prominent Sinn Féin supporter and friend of Eamon de Valera and became the editor of "The Waterford News" .
|Citation:||National Library of Ireland. Department of Manuscripts.|
With 2 related envelopes.
Physical description: 6; letters
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|MS 49,438(1-6)||Manuscripts Reading Room Special Access||Manuscripts|
Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.