An autograph manuscript letter from General Sir William Butler to T.P. [Thomas Patrick] Gill from Butler's home in Bansha, Co. Tipperary;
where Butler asks "What can be done for Ireland?"
9 January 1910
|Main Creator:||Butler, William Francis, Sir, 1838-1910|
|Citation:||National Library of Ireland. Department of Manuscripts.|
Butler writes to Gill: "I have often asked myself the question in the last few years. What can be done for Ireland? & I must confess that I am no nearer an answer than I was four years ago - I can see no prospect of awakening our people to any adequate sense of serious conception of their responsibilities as Irishmen to Ireland - The personal factor seems to be too dominant with them in all the aims and actions of their lives ... This may be largely the result of our Catholic teaching, which I think tends to absorb into the Church all that part of the young community who are gifted with the purely vocationary instinct..."."... I write this because it is from the young that I look for the bettering of things...".
Gen. Sir William Butler fought in various Imperial wars and spent time as a young British officer in Canada. His book "The Great Lone Land" [published in 1872] ran to several editions and concerns an expedition through the wilder parts of Canada [US President Theodore Roosevelt also visited and wrote about similar regions]. Butler's wife was Lady Elizabeth Butler, traveller and artist; one of her most famous paintings was "The Charge of the Light Brigade".
Physical description: 1 [4pp.]; singe folded sheet
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|MS 49,470||Manuscripts Reading Room Special Access||Manuscripts|
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