A[berdeen, Lord]. Fragrance. , [limitation unknown], 2 leaves, hand-coloured rose and initial, [Miller p.128]--Aldis, M. 1915. , [limitation unknown], 2 leaves, hand-coloured cross together with initial and drawing, [Miller p.127]--G., J.C. The Message of the Lark. , [limitation unknown], 2 leaves, hand-coloured illustration, [unrecorded]; together with variant issue--Michael O'Callaghan 1879-1921... Requiescat. 1921, [one of 100 copies], 2 leaves, hand-coloured laurel wreath together with initial and cross, [Miller p.128] (5)
Miller states that the first and second items were printed for Lord Aberdeen, the Lord Lieutenant. Mary Aldis was an American writer and her poem is a vehement appeal for peace. The third item (offered here in two variant states) is unrecorded and one variant carries the printed greeting "For Christmas and New Year, 1914, 1915. Vice Regal Lodge."
These items contrast strangely with the memorial leaflet for the Republican Michael O'Callaghan. A former Lord Mayor of Limerick and a leader in the local Volunteer movement, O'Callaghan was one of three prominent Limerick citizens shot dead in their homes on the night of 7 March 1921, at the height of the Anglo-Irish war, by disguised men who appear to have been members of the police. The killings were widely condemned. This attractive and emotive memorial was commissioned from Cuala by his widow and is an exceptionally scarce item: there appears to be no record of any copy sold by public auction in recent years.
In the years before the war Lord and Lady Aberdeen did their best to be amiable to all sections of Irish society, and the Yeats sisters were not above accepting an invitation to the Vice-Regal Lodge. But from 1918 onward, relations were less friendly, and Cuala was raided at least once by troops in search of fugitives.
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