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Irish Parliamentary Party Committee records

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: MS E108


Accounts and minutes of the Irish Parliamentary Party Committee, a group formed after the 1890 split in the Irish Parliamentary Party by individuals who were against Charles Stewart Parnell. The volume includes a section of accounts before the minutes begin, and accounts are interspersed throughout the minutes. Letters are occasionally quoted in the minutes. An alphabetical index begins the volume.


  • Creation: 1893 - 1896


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Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Irish Parliamentary Party Committee

This form of the Irish Parliamentary Party was established after the split in 1890 between party leader Charles Stewart Parnell and much of the rest of the party. Prime Minister William Gladstone had warned that the alliance between his Liberal Party and the Irish Home Rule party would be ruined if Parnell continued to hold the leadership role. When Parnell refused to step aside, 44 out of the 73 party members present at the meeting to determine leadership left. These 44 men were led by Justin McCarthy and included John Dillon, William O'Brien, and Timothy Healy, amongst others.

The chairman for this Party Committee of the mid-1890s was Justin McCarthy, the secretary was James F.X. O'Brien, and members who were generally present were E. Blake, John Dillon, Thomas Sexton, T.M. Healy, Arthur O'Connor, William O'Brien, T.P. O'Brien, T.D. Sullivan, W. Abraham, and T.J. Condon.

The functions of the committee were to disburse funds to Members of Parliament (MPs), election candidates, and worthy oranizations, including the Irish National Federation; to select candidates to stand for Irish seats and to set dates for election conventions; find money for MPs about to become bankrupt; correspond with America; and negotiate with the Government over points that needed to be covered by Parliament, including the Home Rule Bill, Evicted Tenants Bill, Irish Land Bill, and the Education Bill.


1 volume : Account-book with clasp (no key, so please do not close clasp). Blue cloth binding, 3/4 bound in blind-tooled leather. 436 numbered pages, with an alphabetical index at the beginning. ; Volume measures no taller than 37 cm.

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Scope and Contents

The volume begins with an alphabetical index and then the first half of the volume contains committee accounts. Pages 1-4 are for Evicted Tenants (Hibernian Bank), from 1893-1895; pages 11-14 are for Home Rule Fund (Hibernian Bank) from 1893-1894; pages 21-24 are for the Irish Parlimentary Party (National Bank, Dublin), from 1893-1895; pages 31-32 are for the Irish National Federation from 1893; pages 41-42 are for Thomas Curran, M.P. (repaying an 1892 loan by Curran of 5,000 pounds), from 1892-1896; pages 49-52 are for the Parlimentary Fund (Hibernian Bank), recording Irish contributions in response to the Appeal of Justin McCarthy on May 25, 1895, dating from 1894-1895; and pages 61-62 were for the General Election Fund of 1895 but were never used. Pages in between those listed are blank. Account information for O'Brien and Sheehy (Hibernian Bank) appear on pages 273, 277, 282, and 293.

Pages 219 through 331 were used for meeting minutes. (May 15-18, 1893 minutes are on 9 pages of Members' stationery and were affixed to page 217.) Meetings were held in the Whips' Room at the House of Commons Library at Parliament in London, England and at Rutland Square and the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. The minutes are for 1893-1895. Justin McCarthy counter-signed each set of minutes.

Physical Location

MS E108

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, P.S. O'Hegarty, 1959.

Separated Materials

A piece of paper that was apparently part of wrapping a book as parcel, addressed to the "Hon E. Blake MP 20 Kensington Gate" and annotated "The Minute book of the late Irish Party & Committee Placed in the hands of Edward Blake under resolution of the late Party at its last meetig. Ed B." was removed to the Special Collections' manuscript records and administrative files.

Guide to the Irish Parliamentary Party Committee Collection
Irish Parliamentary Party Committee records
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1971. Finding aid encoded by mwh, 2021.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Irish Parliamentary Party Committee records, MS E108, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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