Draft from G.B. Hamilton to the Holy See
Pontifical Irish College
Hagan, John, 1873-1930
Typescript draft with handwritten corrections and signature from G.B. Hamilton, Hotel Excelsior, Rome, for [the Holy See], asking to use its influence on the Irish bishops who are to meet around 18 June. Submitting that of the two obstacles for a rapprochement between Free State and republicans, the oath is the lesser one; in the question of arms the republicans are ready to lay them down, but any demand for them to hand them over would prove that the Free State wishes to triumph. The Holy See could, in a letter to the bishops, encourage them to work towards an agreement. Peace ought to be held until the next elections, possibly in November, which must be held freely and for which it is essential to have a stable situation. The Free State deludes itself thinking it is the master in Ireland. At present, the priority is a cessation of all hostilities, and the bishops ought to work towards that.
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