Letter from Sir Roger Casement, Pentonville Prison, to "Dick" [Richard Morten], about his lawyers at the trial,

1916 July 28.

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Description: Writes: "I don't want to shut up shop without giving you a farewell word ... My 'leader' Mr. Sgt. S. [Alexander Martin Sullivan] played me a sad trick at the end [of Casement's appeal against his conviction] in dropping so important a part of my appeal without a word of notice. You know what I always said of 'Lawyers'! I say it now again - only more so. They are a race apart ... Mr Fleming & all the rest, God deliver me, I say, from such antiquaries as these to hang a man's life upon a comma, and throttle him with a semi-colon. I liked the way, too, 'Jacky M' [John H. Morgan] stood up to Coke [Edward Coke's definition of treason] and the ghastly horror depicted on all the ... faces ... at hearing 'these Sages' of 'Our laws' being so irreverently handled by a Welshman. More power to the Welshman - I wish I'd stuck to my two Welshmen [John H. Morgan and Artemus Jones] - and not brought the other [Sullivan] in at all ... Do you know I got a very outrageous telegram from Julio Arana just before the trial! Think of it. From Para - asking me to confess my 'crimes' against him! ... Goodbye dear old Dick and don't forget me & forgive everything wrong. Always your true friend. Roddie".
Main Creator: Casement, Roger, 1864-1916
Language: English
Extent: 1 item (4 pages).
Format: MANUSCRIPT
Call Number: MS 17,044/2 (Manuscripts Reading Room)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by National Library of Ireland.