[Florence O'Driscoll, Irish nationalist politician.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Willie', a moving letter of condolence on the death of his father.

Florence O'Driscoll (1858-1939), Irish nationalist politiician and member of the British parliament
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On letterhead of 18 Gower Street, W.C. [London] 10 December 1888.
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By profession a mining engineer, O'Driscoll was the Irish National Federation (Anti-Parnellite) MP for the South Monaghan constituency between 1892 and 1895. 2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight patch of discoloration at the head of the second page. Despite the author's statement to the contrary, an eloquent and moving letter of condolence. Addressing his letter to 'My dear Willie', O'Driscoll sends his sympathies on the death of the recipient's father. 'I feel old man that I have a poor way of expressing myself. I hardly like to write at all, and when writing cannot tell you all I would like to say. Such letters only awaken keen feelings of pity. There is no trouble so unanswerable as death. I have felt this myself & know what you must feel.' It was only after the funeral that he 'heard from Dredge', otherwise he would have attended, 'for unlike most of your pals, my time is not strictly tied by business'.