Reports by Major General L. B. Friend on the progress of the rebellion


Detailed reports by Major General L. B. Friend, Commander-in-Chief of British Forces in Ireland, on the progress of the Rebellion. Includes: the third report notes that Lieutenant General Sir John Maxwell is expected to arrive in Dublin the next day to take over supreme command of the troops.

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John Dillon writing to General Maxwell protesting about the executions


Holograph letter to General Maxwell from John Dillon M.P., 2 North Georges St., Dublin protesting about the executions. 'The feeling is becoming widespread and intensely bitter.– It really would be difficult to exaggerate the amount of mischief that the executions are doing'. Also advises against the arming of 'Special Constables', '…it is a unwise measure…they are not required…And…are very apt in my opinion to create disturbance'. Also advises against 'instituting searching and arrests on a large scale in districts in which there has been no disturbance'.

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Cipher messages between the Prime Minister and Dublin about the executions


Copies of cipher messages marked 'Secret' between the Prime Minister in London (via 'Cinchomfor') and Dublin (via 'Commandeth') on the course of executions between 9th and 11th of May. Asquith notes 'with satisfaction that in your opinion there are now not more that two leaders who must suffer extreme penalty.' Asks for report on Connolly's condition.

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War Office writing to Maxwell about Byrne


Typescript letter from [?], War Office to Maxwell assuring him that he has no desire to remove 'Byrne' from assisting Maxwell until Maxwell can spare him. Congratulates Maxwell 'on the way you have managed Ireland'.

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Frank Hall writing to Maxwell


Handwritten letter from Frank Hall, War Office to Maxwell, marked 'Secret & Personal'. Sends 'the enclosed' and comments 'I don't know what the policy is & I don't ask' and wishes to 'keep clear of "party politics"'.

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Special Branch communications relating a letter for Eoin MacNeill sent to Mrs. A.S. Green


Special Branch, Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard communications relating to a letter addressed to Mrs. A.S. Green, Westminster, containing a letter for Prof. Eoin MacNeill, which was stopped by the Censor. Includes copies of the texts of both letters. The letter for Prof. MacNeill includes an 'Official Declaration of the German Government, stating its intentions and declaring the goodwill of the German people toward Ireland and the desire of both Government and People for Irish national freedom' (originally dated 28 November 1914, 3 p.). Also attached is a copy of a communiqué (originally dated 23 May 1916, 1p) from M.I.5.G. concerning the landing of German ammunition and Irish supporters at Banna Strand and Sir Roger Casement's landing on 20 April 1916.

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Follow up note from Hall to Maxwell


Handwritten follow up note from Hall, War Office to Maxwell marked 'Personal & Confidential'.

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R. Whigham writing to Maxwell about Hutchison


Handwritten note from R. [Whigham], War Office to Maxwell informing him that C.I.G.S has agreed that Hutchinson will remain with Maxwell.

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R. Hutchison writing to GOC Dublin and OC 59th Division concerning troop movements.


Copy of typescript instructions from R. Hutchison, HQ, Parkgate St. to GOC Dublin and OC 59th Division concerning troop movements.

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Hutchison writing to the Editor of the Freeman's Journal about its reporting


Typescript letter from Hutchison, Headquarters, Irish Command, Parkgate St., Dublin to the Editor, Freeman's Journal, Dublin informing him that Maxwell regards its reporting concerning the administration of Martial Law in Ireland as unacceptable 'and that the appearance of any further articles of this nature in any newspaper under your control will render you liable to immediate action being taken under the provisions of the Defence of the Realm Act'.

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Telegrams relating to General Hutchison


Telegrams from HQ, Horse Guards to Hutchison, Irish Command with instructions, later cancelled, to remain in Dublin. Typescript paraphrase copy of cipher from War Office to Dublin stating Major-General Hutchison's authority in Ireland.

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Proclamation No. 1


Typescript copy of a public notice Proclamation No. 1 issued by General Maxwell, informing the rebels that 'the most vigorous measures will be taken by me to stop the loss of life and damage to property which certain misguided persons are causing by their armed resistance to the Law'. Specifies arrangements by which persons within specified areas surrounded by British troops may leave those areas.

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Letter to Sir Brian T. Mahon about Hutchison


Copy of typescript letter from [?] to Sir Brian T. Mahon marked 'secret'. Letter concerns Hutchison's status, commenting on his usefulness to Maxwell and discusses the anomalies of the Irish situation.

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Cipher message between the Prime Minister and Dublin about the arrests of Sinn Feiners


Typescript copy of cipher message between the Prime Minister in London (via 'Cinchomfor') and Dublin (via 'Commandeth'). Dublin requests that Asquith be informed that all Commanders have been told that 'only dangerous Sinn Feiners' are to be arrested.

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Drafts of a statement by General Maxwell to the Associated Press


Drafts of a statement by General Maxwell to the Associated Press, describing the actions of the rebels during Easter Sunday in the worst possible light and the reactions of the military (handwritten, 6 p., and typescript, 3 p.).

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Paraphrase copies of cipher messages between the War Office and General Maxwell concerning Mrs. Pearse


Handwritten paraphrase copies of cipher messages between the War Office and General Maxwell, marked 'Secret', concerning Mrs. Pearse's request to be given her two sons' bodies for burial in consecrated ground. Maxwell refuses on the grounds that 'It will have to be done in all cases if done in one and Mrs. Pearse has already been refused by me–These graves will be turned by Irish sentimentality into the shrines of martyrs and there will be a constant irritant in the country caused by annual procession etc. to them'.

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Intelligence report on the state of Ireland from Headquarters, Irish Command to Lieutenant Colonel V.G. Kell, M.I.5.G.


Copy typescript intelligence report marked 'Secret' from Headquarters, Irish Command, to Lieutenant Colonel V.G. Kell, M.I.5.G., General Staff, War Office [London], on the 'State of Ireland' discussing recruiting levels in the country for British forces in the War, and the organisation and operation of 'the Sinn Fein Volunteer movement'. Includes tables of estimates 'of the strength of the Sinn Fein party in each County in Ireland, and the number of arms of which they are in possession' and the 'Approximate number of disloyal Sinn Fein Irish Volunteers in Dublin City'.

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Memorandum by J. Byrne to Royal Irish Constabulary inspectors


Circular memorandum by J. Byrne, Inspector General, Royal Irish Constabulary to Inspectors throughout the country, relating to a conference held 'for the purpose of an interchange of views between the West-Coastal County Inspectors and the Military & Naval Authorities' (11 January 1917, 8 p.). Encloses a précis of the proceedings of the conference whose aim was to ensure 'satisfactory co-operation between the Military & Naval Forces and the Police in the event of trouble arising' ([December 1916], 6 p.).

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The Director of Military Intelligence writing to the Under Secretary for Ireland


Typescript note from the Director of Military Intelligence [Lieutenant General Sir George Mark Watson Macdonogh] to the Under Secretary, Irish Office [Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Matthew Nathan], presenting his compliments. Informs USIO that according to War Office intelligence, 'the Germans continue to spread their propaganda in Ireland by every means in their power, through the medium of the German American - Irish elements in the U.S.A.'.

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Scheme for further operations to cope with the rebellion in the Dublin District Area


Document outlining an expanded cordon in Dublin and the distribution of troops.

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Note from Brigadier-General, General Staff, Irish Command to HQ, Irish Command


Copy of typescript note from Brigadier-General, General Staff, Irish Command to HQ, Irish Command Parkgate, Dublin requesting a medical officer be detailed to each of the columns mentioned in early dispatch.

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Maxwell writing to French reflecting on the Sheehy-Skeffington case and other incidents


Handwritten copy of letter to Maxwell to French. Reflects on the Francis Sheehy-Skeffington case and other 'regrettable incidents' and states 'In my humble judgement the Government of Ireland is rotten from A to Z…The Irish Constabulary is a farce…a magnificent body of men certainly but singularly out of sympathy with the people…in my opinion you will never rule Ireland from Dublin Castle. There is far too much reporting & nothing happening…'.

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Lord French writing to General Maxwell about Maxwell's actions


Holograph letter from Lord French, GHQ Home Forces, Horse Guards, London to General Maxwell stating 'You have acted with great promptitude, courage & determination and I feel sure all people–whose opinions matter–think so'.

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Viscount Wimborne writing to Maxwell about the suppression of the insurrection


Typescript letter from Viscount Wimborne [Lord Lieutenant], Vice-Regal Lodge, Dublin to Maxwell congratulating him in the suppression of the insurrection. This is an official letter on which there is a handwritten note 'The following is published for the information of the troops'.

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