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Grace Gifford Plunkett letter to Joseph M. Plunkett, 1916 April 22: autograph manuscript.

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Collection MS-2017-015: Grace Gifford Plunkett letter to Joseph M. Plunkett, 1916 April 22: autograph manuscript.


  • 1916 April 22

Scope and Contents

Letter from Grace Gifford to her fiancé Joseph M. Plunkett, then recovering from surgery in a Dublin nursing home. With an envelope addressed to Joseph Plunkett, Miss Quinn's Nursing Home, 27 Mountjoy Sq, City, and postmarked April 22, two days before the Easter Rising. The full text of the letter reads: "Just to wish you goodnight! Had to get a car home. Damn, darling, if you see me at al tomorrow let it be morning or afternoon. I forgot to tell you that. Do you want any help moving your poetry books and settling in generally? Deepest love, sweetheart (nasty as you are!). I'd simply love to be with you, but it's going to be impossible. Grace." At the bottom of the page there is a sketch of an unidentified animal or imaginary creature.

With a clipping from the April 12, 1966 edition of the News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland : 1962). Under the headline "Strange story of a lost letter," the article relates how the letter was found on the body of an unidentified man shot in the Easter Rising.


Language of Materials

In English.

Restrictions on Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical / Historical

Grace Gifford Plunkett was an Irish artist associated with the Republican movement. She married Joseph M. Plunkett in Kilmainham Gaol hours before he was executed for his role in the 1916 Easter Rising.


1.75 Linear Feet (2 containers ) : 1 sheet (1 page) and 1 envelope ; paper (21 x 16 cm), envelope (8 x 13 cm)

Materials Specific Details

Paper and ink.



Grace Gifford Plunkett Letter to Joseph M. Plunkett, Autograph Manuscript
1916 April 22
Marc Only
Noah Sheola
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
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