Correspondence concerning the theft of the Irish Crown Jewels,
|Main Creator:||Birrell, Augustine, 1850-1933|
MS 49,556 /1 : Letter dated 6th March 1908, to Augustine Birrell from Robert L. Hunter, solicitor to Lord Aberdeen. The letter concerns criticism levelled against Aberdeen and his family due to the private nature of the Commission into the theft of the Irish crown jewels and suggests that a public enquiry should be made in order to alleviate the situation.
MS 49,556 /2 : Letter dated 28th March 1908, from Aberdeen to E.F. Coates MP. The letter concerns Lord and Lady Aberdeen's appreciation for Coate's assistance, the answer he has drafted with Birrell and stating that the question be asked "tomorrow, if still time". Includes the original envelope, marked "private and immediate".
MS 49,556 /3 : Letter dated 28th March 1908, from Hunter to Coates, enclosing "the Question and Answer as they were to have been originally".
MS 49,556 /4 : Undated letter from Birrell to Coates. The letter asks that Coates give the question to the clerk at the table, and adds that Birrell is anxious "to do all I can to show our sympathy to the Lord Lieutenant". Includes the original envelope, marked "private".
MS 49,556 /5 : Undated telegram to Coates from Lady Aberdeen, adding her thanks to those of her husband.
MS 49,556 /6-8 : Three drafts of the question addressed to Birrell, in his capacity as Chief Secretary for Ireland, as to whether Lord Aberdeen "used his influence to prevent the enquiry... taking place in public; and whether in doing so he was actuated by the desire to shield some individual". Two replies, one with manuscript corrections, are also included.
MS 49,556 /9 : A question for Coates to direct to Birrell, as to why the enquiry into the theft was not a public one and "whether he can state the dates between which it is practically certain the jewels must have been removed".
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|Citation:||National Library of Ireland. Department of Manuscripts.|
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