An autographed signed letter from Canon Patrick Sheehan on embossed paper [Doneraile, Co. Cork] to 'My dear William' [O'Brien, Irish Party MP and organiser of a Tenants' Defence League in 1889], agreeing "to help you in your noble task of building up a new Ireland" by contributing a [journal] article
29 September 1903
|Main Creator:||Sheehan, Patrick Augustine, 1852-1913|
|Citation:||National Library of Ireland. Department of Manuscripts.|
Canon Sheehan state he requires more time and gives details of his current commitments - "I thought you were bringing out a canvas chair, and looking out at the Atlantic, and getting over your exhaustion. And here you are in a dusty Dublin office, using up all your little strength for Ireland. I have often been tempted to despair of Ireland; but if it ever forgets your priceless services, I shall yield to the temptation".
William O'Brien [1852-1928], from Mallow, Co. Cork founded the United Irish League which led to the reunification of the Irish Party under John Redmond in 1900. He left the Party in 1903 over disagreements about land policy, and later launched his 'All-For-Ireland League'.
Physical description: 1 [4 pp.]; single folded sheet
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|MS 49,467||Manuscripts Reading Room Special Access||Manuscripts|
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