No. 183 UCDA P150/2517

Letter from Malcolm MacDonald to Eamon de Valera (Dublin)

London, 17 May 1938

Dear Mr. de Valera,
I am sending this note just to say that our legislation will be through both Houses of Parliament in time for the King's Assent to be given to it tonight. I should like to add, in no mere formal way, an expression of my pleasure at the final accomplishment of what we have been patiently endeavouring to do over so many months. I do congratulate you and our Prime Minister on what you have done in the cause of friendship between our two peoples, and I shall always feel proud that I was privileged to play some part in the negotiations. I cherish especially the memory of our friendly and fruitful talks together. If the personal relations which we established are a symbol of the friendship which will gradually grow between the peoples of the two Islands, then indeed is the future bright.

With kindest regards1
Yours very sincerely

1 These closing lines are handwritten.

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