No. 270 NAI DFA ES Box 30 File 199

Extracts from a letter from T.A. Smiddy to George Gavan Duffy (Dublin)


Washington, 28 April 1922

A Chara:
I have nothing further to add to my previous estimate of the attitude here towards the Irish situation except to confirm my previous statements on the subject. The average American and Irish American cannot understand the opposition to the administration of the Provisional Government; and the latter feels that the high prestige which was accruing to the Irish in the U.S.A. since the signing of the Treaty is on the wane in consequence of the tragic disagreement among ourselves in Ireland.

Beyond the sensational reports from Ireland, the American papers are not interested in Irish affairs; and, I feel, the publicity work which I suggested some time ago will be of very slow growth.

Should the Treaty by any accident be 'thrown down' the enemies of Ireland here will be quickly at work to 'depreciate our stock', for which they will find a fertile soil.

English general propaganda is busily and effectively at work. And there is no doubt but the vast bulk of the Americans, especially those holding 'key' positions are pro-English. Lloyd George is applauded loudly when his picture appears in the cinema - more so than that of any other notable. Lady Astor, Mrs. Asquith and many other British people of note are keeping English ideals and institutions to the forefront. I am told that Lady Asquith made it a paying proposition taking with her $75,000.

When Mr. James O'Mara was here, Mr. F.P. Walsh and Mr. Ml. F. Doyle had made arrangements, at his request, in Washington that he be presented to the Secretary of State. Through Mr. O'Mara's hasty departure these arrangements fell through. However, Mr. Walsh introduced me to Mr. Cassels, Secretary of European Affairs, as Envoy of the Dail Eireann. He was interested in, and seemed very sympathetic to, Ireland, and wished every success to the establishment of the Free State. In accordance with the procedure regulating the advent of foreign representatives I sent the necessary notice to the Secretary of State, a copy of which I also sent to Mr. Cassels. Hence, the avenue is open for the assumption of orthodox diplomatic relations as soon as the Free State will be established. Mr. Cassels told me that at any time he will be pleased to help me. I shall post to you a copy of my letter to the Secretary of State as soon as I return to Washington.
[Matter omitted]

Do Chara,
T.A. Smiddy

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