Abstract: Secret communications between General Maxwell, Major General Friend, the War Office and General Headquarters, Home Forces, concerning Major General Friend's presence in England on leave of absence and the attendance by certain Officers of the Irish Command at a race meeting in Baldoyle, on the day on which 'disturbances in Dublin commenced'. Item 1: copy of a typescript report from Friend to Maxwell regarding a communication from the War Office--No.79/Irish/195 (A.G.3) dated 28 April 1916. He states: 'I naturally regret extremely that I was absent from Dublin at such a serious crisis, but when it is considered that His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, his family and suite had made all arrangements to leave for Belfast for several weeks, at 3 p.m. on 24th April, it may be imagined that those in the highest civil authority in Ireland were also ignorant of the intentions of the rebels'. Item 2: copy of a typescript letter from Maxwell to Lord French defending Friend and enclosing a copy of the above. Item 3: copy of a typescript War Office report (W.O. File 79/6639): Irish-German-American Conspiracy. Includes comment on arms traffic, seditious publications, connections to Germany, censorship of US Mail and the present situation in Ireland. Includes handwritten annotation in an unknown hand: 'This is a British Report'.
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