No. 103 NAI DT S4714B

Letter from Kevin O'Higgins to William T. Cosgrave (Dublin)

Geneva, 4 July 1927

A Chara,

I propose leaving here to-morrow night. The Attorney General and Mr. Walshe will remain for some days, but I do not see that there is anything in the situation here which calls for my attendance. The negotiations are likely to be protracted, but I think that some agreement which will be embodied in the Treaty is almost certain to eventuate. In that case, it will be necessary for me to return here for the purpose of signing on behalf of the Free State. Our main interest, of course, in the matter lay in the constitutional aspect, and as you will have gathered from Mr. Walshe's letter to Diarmuid,1 things are now quite satisfactory in that respect.

I have asked the High Commissioner2 to try and arrange a lunch with Sterling in London on Thursday. I feel that I should meet him before he arrives officially in Ireland.

I will arrive in Dublin either on Friday morning or Friday afternoon. I should think that the Attorney General will be back in the early part of next week.

There is nothing worth mentioning to report since our last communication home.

Mise, le meas,
[signed] C. Ó hUigín


Editorial Note: Kevin O'Higgins was assassinated on 10 July 1927. William T. Cosgrave, President of the Executive Council, was appointed acting Minister for External Affairs until the appointment of Patrick McGilligan on 12 October 1927.

1 See No. 102.

2 James McNeill.

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