Letter from M.J. Curran to Hagan
Pontifical Irish College
Curran, Michael J.
Hagan, John, 1873-1930
Holograph letter from M.J.C.(urran), Catholic Club, 1926 120 Central Park South, New York (United States of America), to 'carissimo' (Hagan). Commenting on the great heat; Fr. Ronayne gave them worries but is recovering now. Then commenting on the republican movement in the region; praising Seán T. (Ó Ceallaigh)'s quiet but effective work in creating coherence between the disparate groups and steering a pro-DeValera course; stating that Dr. Mannix's speeches outdid one another: 'the result is a distinct galvanising of a hopelessly disorganised, confused and despairing mass into life (and) work'. Frank Aiken was asked to stay in Ó Ceallaigh's place; the American Association has preliminarily cut contact with Sinn Fein, awaiting developments. Describing his slow progress, finding an office, but having to wait until the potential subscribers return in September; he is obliged to Cardinal O'Donnell for contacts. Describing a typical conversation for soliciting a donation, in Philadelphia; giving an account of meeting the national president of the (Ancient Order of Hibernians) who hesitatingly helped with a list of names. Hoping to effect something at the imminent convention of the Knights of Columbus, also in Philadelphia. He has presented his mission to Cardinal Hayes but had no reply. Recommending Martin Conboy who has been of help; president of the Catholic Club but not only nominally the leading Catholic layman. Hesitating to estimate how much he can raise; repeating his reservations about the millionaires; also, he has been pre-empted by the rector of the North American College. Having pledged in his letters that money raised would furnish the new College; Hagan could use Irish money for Formia. Sending him a copy of the booklet (not extant- but see draft 1 June). He talked to Mannix about Jones who is being sent back now by Van R.(ossum). Mannix reported on Dempsey, lately of Blanchardstown, who has found him- self not accepted formally in Brisbane and has had varying success in Melbourne due to a difficult character. Seán T. has left for France. Asking again about Fitzgerald's health. Then giving advice on an old investment, foreseeing that currencies in Italy and France will depreciate until fixed; he invests privately in loans to a religious house in the Philippines. Americans are very irritated over the war-debt squabble; Governor Smith is very popular and is likely to become president. Adding Cardinal O'Donnell's wish for a new cappa magna.
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