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Letter from Roger Casement to his cousins "Gee" [Gertrude Bannister] and "Eilis" [Elizabeth Bannister] c/o Mrs [Alice Stopford] Green, 36 Grosvenor Road, Westminster, S.W.,

1916 August 2.

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In Collection: Roger Casement Papers (2012 Release) 1882-1934
Description: Casement’s letter to his cousins outlines his final wishes including his hopes for Ireland “God will surely give freedom to Ireland. Irishmen live unselfishly and die faithfully and fearlessly for Ireland, as the men of 1916 have done, and no power of man, or superior [God?] can withhold freedom from men so vowed … Ireland alone went forth to assail evil, as David, Goliath – unarmed save with a pebble – and she has slain, I pray to God, the power and [boast?] and pride of Empire. That is the achievement of the boys of 1916 and on it the living shall build a sterner purpose and bring it to a greater end”, his thoughts regarding his death “And if I die as I think is fated, tomorrow morning, I shall die with my sins forgiven and God’s pardon o my soul. And I shall die with many good and brave men … If it be said I shed tears – remember tears come not from cowardice, but from sorrow…”
Main Creator: Casement, Roger, 1864-1916
Language: English
Extent: 2 items including envelope.
Format: MANUSCRIPT
Call Number: MS 49,154/12/4 (Manuscripts Reading Room)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by National Library of Ireland.