Paraphrase copies of cipher messages from the War Office to Irish Command about General Hutchison


Handwritten paraphrase copies of cipher message from the War Office to Irish Command stating that 'It is the wish of the Secretary of State that General Hutchison who had great experience during the late Rebellion in Ireland should be at you disposal to assist you' and that 'his position will be similar to that of a Chief Staff Officer as it existed in former days'.

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Document appointing Lieutenant General Sir John Maxwell Commander-in-Chief of British Forces in Ireland


Photograph of the War Office document appointing Lieutenant General Sir John Maxwell, KCB, Commander-in Chief of British Forces in Ireland [taking over command from Major General Friend].

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Éamon de Valera Papers: British documents relating to 1916


A collection of British documents and letters relating to 1916 which form a file within the Papers of Éamon de Valera. The documents include intelligence reports, despatches, and correspondence between Irish Command, Home Forces, the War Office, M.I.5.G., and the Royal Irish Constabulary. The documents cover the immediate aftermath of the 1916 Rising, the executions of the leaders, and the general political situation in Ireland at the time.

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Robert John Lynn writing to Maxwell


Holograph letter from journalist and unionist Robert John Lynn, The Northern Whig Office, Belfast to Maxwell. Marked 'Very confidential'. Writes that he has heard a rumour 'that the Guards intends to seize the arms of the Ulster Volunteer Force', an act he regards as 'fraught with grave danger to the public peace. Our people have behaved splendidly during the past critical week and it would be a grave pity if anything was done now that would influence public opinion'. It is his opinion that 'the seizure of the arms ... would be looked upon as an act of treachery'.

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Neville Chamberlain writing to Maxwell about meetings of Sinn Feiners


Typescript letter from Neville Chamberlain, Royal Irish Constabulary Office, Dublin Castle to Maxwell. Marked 'Confidential'. Includes handwritten comments. Requests advice from Maxwell on handling meetings with unarmed 'known Sinn Feiners' pointing out the undesirability of such gatherings. Supports similar meetings of Redmonites and 'Bodies of Ulstermen'. Includes reports from around the country, noting his opinion that the GAA is not a 'loyal' organisation.

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Communication from Frank Hall, M.I.5 to Brigadier-General R. Hutchison marked 'Secret and Personal'


Typescript communication from Frank Hall, M.I.5, War Office, London SW to Brigadier-General R. Hutchison, D.S.O, G.H.Q, Dublin marked 'Secret and Personal'. Reports that 'all is well in the North'. Discusses suspected spies, including 'a known German agent, .. We find .. is a Sinn Fein suspect and the son of an old I.R.B. suspect ...'. Reports that he has learned from one correspondent who was caught in Malahide on Easter Monday that 'From what he saw and heard the general bulk of the people about that district, especially up towards Swords were merely waiting for the slightest sign of success on the part of the Sinn Feiners in Dublin to join the rebellion although they are credited with Redmondite loyalty'. Comments on the forthcoming Casement trial. Mentions meeting General Hackett Pain (sic) and Commissioner Smith.

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Instructions for taking the surrender


Handwritten instructions from R. Hutchison to GOC, Dublin concerning procedures for taking the surrender.

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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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