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Letter from Sir Roger Casement, Pentonville Prison, to Father Eamon Murnane, about the state of his mental health before and after his trial,

1916 July 3.

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In Collection: Pearse Papers, 1870-1932
Description: Writes: "I have often thought of you and your visits - and the books you left for me. I am hoping to get them here to read, and have asked for them today. I should like to see you here but I can arrange no visits here - altho' I think you can get leave to come, but not to see me alone ... I was so overwrought and unbalanced before my trial. I hardly know what I was doing or saying or thinking often and lived in a kind of dream - or dreadful nightmare half my days. I am much better now and happier that that terrible ordeal is over and am sleeping better than I have done since I was a boy. Before I had all sorts of things on my mind - to trouble me - now I have none, and although I am in this cell I feel happier than I have been for a very long time - except when I think of Ireland. My last sight of Ireland before the war was Tory Island, away in the far northwest; and my last sight of it since the war was that awful two days of Good Friday and Easter Saturday when I was captured, and carried off from McKenna's Fort to Dublin."
Main Creator: Casement, Roger, 1864-1916
Language: English
Extent: 1 item (4 pages) with envelope.
Call Number: MS 17,044/1 (Manuscripts Reading Room)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by National Library of Ireland.