Letter from L. MacManus [Charlotte], Killeaden House, Co. Mayo, to Colonel Maurice Moore defending the position of the anti-Treaty politicians and forces during the Civil War,
1924 November 16.
|Main Creator:||MacManus, Charlotte Elizabeth, ca.1850-1941|
Writes "... We know that Cahil [Cathal] Brugha told [Michael] Collins that if he signed any agreement that made the King of England King of Ireland, 'that it would split Ireland in two.' Collins promised that he would not and two nights later signed the Treaty ... Accordingly the Provisional Government (which was in the anomalous position that the Republican Government was in existence with Arthur Griffith for its President) began to create an army. A good many of the IRA Headquarter staff joined it, and some of the IRA officers and a few of the rank & file ... who believed that they could get the Republic through the Free State. On the other side the greater portion of the IRA remained true to their oath. These men saw that the Free State Government would be but a puppet Government that would have to obety every order given them by the English Cabinet ... no one wanted Civil War in Ireland. The English Cabinet did, and plotted to accomplish it."
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