Typed letter, signed, from P.A. Meehan M.P. to Lord Castletown of Upper Ossory,
1907 March 20.
|Main Creator:||Meehan, Patrick Aloysius, 1852-1913|
Meehan acknowledges a letter from Lord Castletown and discusses a dispute over sale of the Pilkenton [or Pilkington] Estate at Mountrath [Co. Laois], which was the subject of letters he had written to two newspapers. He says that in light of Castletown's letter he may qualify his earlier statements as his information about the circumstances of the sale may have been incorrect. But he counters Lord Castletown's argument that nobody has a right 'to interfere with my proceedings' by saying 'No man in Ireland knows better than your Lordship that the Sale of Land and the conditions under which Sales are made are not matters of a "private nature", but matters of grave public importance ...'. His tone is conciliatory, however, and he concludes 'I hope a wise and prudent spirit will guide all parties to a fair and satisfactory settlement'.
The letter is typed on three sheets of paper, the first embossed with the stamp of the House of Commons.
Patrick Aloysius Meehan was an Irish Parliamentary Party M.P. in Queen's County (Laois). He was also chairman of the County Council and a member of the Land League. In 1907 he gave evidence before the Royal Commission on Congestion in Ireland, in which the case of Castletown's purchase of the Pilkington Estate was raised. He concluded his evidence to the Commission by saying '...we wish your labour a God-speed, and hope and pray that the result of the deliberations of the Commission will be to formulate a plan which would give to the people of Ireland access to the land so long shut out from them, and open to the people some prospect of prosperity to which they have been so long strangers'. [1908 Cd. 3785]
Physical description: 1 item (3 sheets).
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