A copy of 'Le Chien du Capitaine' by Louis Enault [published in 1914 by Hachette & Co. London] with the signature of Gerard Crofts and " q.93 [his prison number], 19.4.17, Lewes Prison" and the inscription 'To Margaret O'Callaghan [later Crofts' wife] as a little token of gratitude';
with over 100 signatures in the margins of the book of Republican prisoners in Lewes Jail;
|Main Creator:||Crofts, Joseph M|
|Citation:||National Library of Ireland. Department of Manuscripts.|
The book contains over 100 signatures in the margins [many rare] of Republican prisoners at Lewes Jail, including Eoin MacNeill, Brian O' Maoildhia, Padraig Ua Fathaigh, William P. Partridge, Countess Markiewicz [p. 12], Tommie Furey, Colm O' Gaora, Diarmuid Ua Loingsigh, Aibhistin de Staic [Austin Stack], Sean Mac an tSaoi [McEntee], Deasmumhan Mac Gearailt [Desmond FitzGerald], Henri Ua Beollain [Harry Boland], Eamon de Valera [p. 95], , Roibard O' Breandain [Robert Brennan], 'Patsy Patrick' [Sean Etchingham, with a poem], Piaras Beaslai, Peadar MacFhlannchadha [Peadar Clancy], Proinsias O' Fathaigh [Frank Fahy], Fionán O Loingsigh [Lynch], Seosamh Mac Aonghusa [Joe McGuinness], Liam Toibin, Pilib Mac Cosgair [Philip Cosgrave], Liam T. Mac Cosgair [William T. Cosgrave, p. 134] and many others, most with their prison numbers and details of sentences, many with a later inscription 'R.I.P.' beside their names.
With an original poem on p. 130 by 'q.90' [Harry Boland], saluting Gerard Crofts as 'a blue eyed fair haired Orpheus' sent by the God of Song, to sing the songs of Innisfail and 'cheer the weary hours of night ', and another on p. 175 signed R.O'B. [Robert Brennan], ending 'Your silvery tongue shall hail our Queen / The day we crown our Dark Rosaleen.' Robert Brennan's prison cell was located the floor above Crofts' in Lewes Prison - in his memoir "Allegiance", Brennan describes how "...every night he would give us a few songs from his vast repertoire. His voice was never very powerful but he was a real artist, and could make any and every old song sound beautiful".
Physical description: 1; book ; 18.4 x 12.5 cm
Provenance: Crofts' own collection by descent until purchase by NLI..
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|MS 42,124||Manuscripts Reading Room Special Access||Manuscripts|
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