1922 Letter to King George V

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1922 Letter to King George V

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An original typed letter to King George V appealing that the powers of the newly formed Irish Free State shall not apply to Northern Ireland following the passing of the 1922 Irish Free State Constitution Act. The letter is signed by three of the most prominent Ulstermen of the time.
James Craig MP, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, a former Captain in the Royal Irish Rifles who, with Edward Carson, was prominent in the formation of the Ulster Volunteers to oppose home rule for Ireland. Craig became the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland and in 1927 became Viscount Craigavon of Stormont.
Hugh O'Neill, 1st Baron Rathcavan, MP and a Major in the British Army. He was the first speaker of the Northern Ireland House of commons. In 1951 he became the 'Father of the House' at Westminster.
Richard Best was a politician, barrister and judge. He was the first Attorney General for Northern Ireland.

The language of the letter shows the great devotion that Ulster had at this time for the Monarch. It shows the stark divisions between Catholic Ireland and Protestant Ulster which have only begun to heal in recent years

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Location

Londonderry.

Culture
Period

1922

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30cm
W:
16cm
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