No. 163 NAI DE 2/304/1

Arthur Griffith to Eamon de Valera (Dublin)1

(No. 2) (Copy)

London, 11 October 1921(received Dublin, 12 October 1921)

A E[amon], a Chara,
The meeting today has left on my mind the impression that the English Government is anxious for peace and also that this question of naval defence re the coasts of Ireland is a fixed idea of theirs - that they believe it vital to their lives.

The question of the Crown and Ulster did not arise. When they do the sailing will be rough. Today they were amiable and both sides were quite polite to each other. The report herewith states what occurred.2 But, of course, the discussion had very many minor points of interest, amusement and instruction. Ll.G. is a remarkably suave and astute man, but on the whole we have scored today, although the most difficult part has yet to be discussed.

Do Chara (in haste)
Arthur Griffith

1 Many of the copies of letters to and from London during the Treaty negotiations were subsequently annotated by de Valera in his own hand but, as these annotations are not contemporaneous, they are not reproduced here.

2 Not printed.

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