Between July 14th 1918 and March 15th 1919, the Home Office examined about 25,000 letters sent to and from the Irish Internees in UK jails.
A report on my grandfather's correspondence stated that it had been largely concerned with the return of Mrs. Clarke to Dublin from Holloway Jail, and the refusal to permit Maud Gonne MacBride to attend the banquet given to celebrate the occasion. The women leaders of the Sinn Fein Party were apparently doing their utmost to oust Mme. MacBride from amongst them.
From Mrs O'Keeffe, Dublin, 20.2.1919. Extract:- "The Black Lady did not get beyond the Hall at the Gresham Hotel where she was turned down by- Nancy Wyse Power- Can you imagine the scene? I believe it was superb. The tall one is making a fight to the finish at present for recognition. She realizes it is now or never".
From Mrs Jennie Wyse Power, Dublin, 25.2.1919. Extract:- "Connie (Markievicz) and her fellow lodger (Mrs Clarke) had enough of the large lady when they were all in London lodgings (Holloway Jail) together, and orders now from that corner of the world are to cold shoulder her".
Letters from my grandmother and her sister-in-law, Jennie Wyse Power to my grandfather show great dislike and jealousy of Mme Gonne MacBride (The lady in black; the large lady; the tall one) to whom frequent reference is made.
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