“Anna Bell and Mrs Williams came to afternoon tea, and Henry Bell also. Anna says she finds Catholics more reliable and truthful than Protestants – meaning poor Protestants, I think, and confining it to the poor of both sects I expect it is true. It seems Jessie is getting up a prayer meeting to pray for knowledge of what the Lord wishes for Ireland. Mrs Williams was rather enthusiastic about it – I think all Protestant sects are invited to it. “
“I went to St. Declan’s a.d. to mind Louis while Dorothea went canvassing with Mrs Hayden. He was out with Miss Nesbitt, but came in soon, and was very cross and miserable for a long time. I told D. of the communications I had had from her mother mostly about her children & their likeness to her, which she said were quite true – that she was like her in eyes & mind, & suffered for want of an interest in his life & that Tony was very little changed since she left them. D. had been trying to write, but could not, so I brought her the Ouija board.”
“I talked to them about Bagehot’s Estimations in Criticism, which we had been looking over with some disgust; he had such an extensive idea of the necessity of keeping “young ladies” ignorant of everything connected with sex, & expresses it so repulsively, & in another place talks exactly as a man with such notions might be expected to talk, about the probable “guilt” of Mary Stuart and the horror of being expected to read novels with ugly heroines.”
“I went on to the club committee then; it was nearly all about the plebiscite. There have to be articles in the local press to prepare the public’s mind, & handbills distributed; & they say of course Redmond will send orders to all his followers not to sign it.”
They were besieged by Redmondite mobs on Sunday night, & the Gallaghers house was attacked, & Walsh’s on the quay. I went on to a Gaelic League committee. There was great swapping of stories about the previous night; one man was said to have come to his door stark naked to repel the mob – at least that’s the recollection in my mind. “
I went to the S. F. committee in the evening, and they went over all the branch resolutions in the Convention agenda & instructed us to vote for or against each, or as we liked. There was only one that we were told to vote against; adherence to the policy as expounded by A. G. Séan Matthews was very determined against that, thinking it repudiated the use of arms altogether”.