10 January 2006

Another 'Surrender Letter, Easter 1916'


**This is not the particular letter Dublin wants back but 'another surrender note written by Pearse from his Arbour Hill cell'.

Padraig Pearse (1879 - 1916)
Surrender Letter, Easter 1916.

Sold for €700,000

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Written in Ink on paper,35 x 20.5cm (13 x 8")
The single page having several drawing pin holes and crease marks
Signed and dated 30th April, 1916.

" In order to prevent further slaughter of the civil population and in the hope of saving the lives of our followers, the members of the Provisional Government present at headquarters have decided on an unconditional surrender, and commandants or officers commanding districts will order their commands to lay down arms.
P.H.Pearse, Dublin, 30th April 1916 "

Provenance : Fr. Columbus O.F.M. Cap.; Fr. Conrad, O.F.M. Cap. As Provincial (Superior) of the Capuchin Order. Thence by descent

Literature: Seamus O'Buachalla (Ed) The Collected Letters of Patrick Pearse.
Peader O' Donabhain, Doicimead Stairiuil O 1916, Comhar, Samhain, 1975.
Piaras Mac Lochloainn, Last Words, Letters and Statements of the Leaders Executed after the Rising at Easter, 1916.

Sold for €700,000 ($896,000) (£476,000)
Important Irish Art
James Adam Salerooms
25 May 2005

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