Letter from S. Gavan Duffy to Hagan
Pontifical Irish College
Gavan Duffy, S.
Hagan, John, 1873-1930
Holograph letter from S. G.[avan] D.[uffy], Hans Place, London (England), to Hagan, stating that the reports of the Colonel having been received coldly should not be believed- those spreading them are not familiar with A. Griffith's [character]. Bob Brennan of the (Foreign Office) is on holidays and the department probably are only marking time. Hagan can confidently rely on active support in an emergency 'save only that there is great reluctance to take on another enemy at this time (and) to come out against Giacomo'. Frank Walsh is probably overconfident in planning to bring pressure on the papal nuncio in the U.S. to change policy in Rome. Concerning the negotiations in London he finds himself a pessimist this time since they still have not reached the crucial points: at least the conference will narrow the issue and the very fact that it is held already puts Ireland on a much higher plane than before. All the agreed points may be imposed by act of parliament on a non-consenting Ireland meanwhile. If England could be swayed on the link to the crown, and the reconciliation of the minority they would give way on the rest. Others are more optimistic; at least he thinks they have laid the foundations for peace. Finally remarking 'the Republican flag (should) certainly be kept flying. I am quite convinced of that now'.
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