“Then I had to get some leaflets that had been printed for us, but I didn’t realise that they were ordered, or that they were so terrible contraband, so I didn’t succeed in getting them, being no conspirator. I went back & enquired about it at Harcourt St but they said they cd be got nowhere.”
“Mrs P. told me she was going to join a league that is being got up to pray for England, & wd I join it? Lane has by no means got to the point of praying for England, & spoke with feeling on the matter. I explained that I didn’t believe in hell, & so didn’t feel the case of the English people so pitiable, as to require us to pray for them, & Mrs P. was much amused.”
He also talked about the trade unions, how he got Louise Bennett to organise one among his laundrygirls & how surprised she was at such a request from an employer, & how the Magdalen asylums injure other laundries, having no wages to pay & so being able to undercut”.
They went over the Constitution then & passed it as it stood on the book, & Emer sent a note back to me, asking me to ask on what franchise wd the Constituent Assembly be elected, as the English one parliamentary one wd exclude women & clergy. Griffith answered that plainly”.
“They talked about the Convention that was coming off at the end of the month, & the necessity that it should declare unmistakeably for a republic, and the danger of Griffith’s non-republicanism & autocratic spirit; & the extreme trouble they had in forcing a woman onto the executive against the will of Griffith & Milroy etc”