Letter from Lady Alice Wimborne to her mother Baroness Ebury, giving an account of the Easter Rising in Dublin, and its aftermath,

[1916] May 2.

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In Collection: Letters from Lady Alice Wimborne to her mother, Baroness Ebury, giving an account of the Easter Rising in Dublin, 1916.
Description: Writes: "It has calmed down now but it's been a terrible time. One more awful tragedy in this beloved land - it makes my heart ache ... On Saturday morning Sir Roger Casement was captured & the connection between Sein Fane [sic] & Germany established. H. E. [Lord Wimborne] then urged instant action. Impossible to carry the others with him. He said he was prepared to stake all his political reputation on arresting all leaders but no one else had his courage ... the report then came up from the police to say the rebels were marching in force on the Vice Regal Lodge. We got the children & girls into the two Broughams that had meanwhile been got ready & were standing waiting & someone had the brilliant inspiration of Luttrellstown. I was so thankful to see them go that nothing mattered ... they [the rebels] did not come to the Vice Regal no one can explain why. We were theirs for them to take but they went to the Powder Magazine in the Phoenix Park about 1/4 a mile away & the sound of the firing which was the accompaniment of the whole afternoon was something terrific ... They held up the castle by shooting at it from the town hall & they held up all Sackville Street by having some men in each house & various other streets & notably the entrances to the town from the country ... Half Sackville Street is in ruins - but bad as that is there is no other damage to the town ... We are strongly guarded & of course daren't move."
Main Creator: Wimborne, Alice Churchill Guest, Viscountess, 1880-1948
Language: English
Extent: 1 item (16 pages).
Call Number: MS 49,809/2 (Manuscripts Reading Room)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.