Nationalists and Exclusion

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Nationalists and Exclusion is a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published in The Times on 25 march 1914.

Nationalists and Exclusion

The Times (25 march 1914)


Sir, — As one who has been converted to Home Rule by Imperial considerations I have never been able to understand why Southern Home Rulers should refuse to the North the very justice which they have so long demanded for themselves. I believe that the Nationalists would act with great wisdom if they were cordially and generously to agree to the indefinite exclusion of the six more or less Protestant counties. Then they should turn all their energies to making the four-fifths of Ireland which would remain in their hands as loyal to the King and the Empire as all other parts of the British Dominion. When this had been done, and when the Union Jack meant the same north and south of the Boyne, then there would be a beginning of winning the affection and confidence of the missing counties. At present it seems to me that they are trying to reach the end before they have a beginning.

Yours faithfully,

Windlesham, Crowborough.