No. 182 NAI DE 2/304/1

Arthur Griffith to Eamon de Valera (Dublin)

22 Hans Place, London, 27 October1921

A E[amon], A Chara :
Enclosed document handed in to us to-day.1

Miceal and myself were at the same time requested to see Lloyd George and Lord Birkenhead before we sent the written answer.

We did so, and were with them for 1 1/2 hours. The conversation was general. The gist of it was that if we would accept the Crown they would send for Craig, i.e. — force 'Ulster' in, as I understood.

We told them we had no power to do so. We might recommend some form of association if all other matters were satisfactory - above all Ireland unified.

We are to send them a reply to-morrow. I am writing in great haste. I deeply appreciate your letter.

Mise, Do Chara,
(Initialled) E.[rskine] C.[hilders] for A.[rthur] G.[riffith]

1 Memo by British government, not printed.

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