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Robert Lynd Letters

Identifier: MSE/IR 1050

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 99 letters written by various writers to Robert Lynd, or concerning Robert Lynd, and two manuscript essays. The letters are dated between 1906 and 1948, with the majority written between 1910 and 1922. Many letters relate to publications or to writing, in general. Irish political affairs are referred to in some letters, with books and newspapers the subject of much of the correspondence.

Twenty of the 99 letters relate to Roger Casement, including letters from Casement to Lynd; letters relating to Casement's imprisonment and execution; and a manuscript entitled "Casement in Berlin." Another subset of letters contain correspondence between Lennox Robinson and Horace Plunkett regarding the new periodical, The Irish Statesman and the hope that Lynd would become editor.

Other notable correspondents include Padraic Colum, Joseph Hone, Patrick Sarsfield O'Hegarty, Douglas Hyde, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, and W.B. Yeats.


  • Creation: 1906 - 1948


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Biographical / Historical

Robert Lynd (1879-1949), born in Belfast, was an essayist, a journalist, and an editor. He was a contributor to The Republic and the Northern Whig and later worked in England where he worked for the Daily News from 1908 on. He became a Literary editor in 1912. He remained involved with Irish nationalism throughout his life, and was active in the Gaelic League in London. He married Sylvia Dryhurst in 1909.

Biographical / Historical

Executed for his part in the Easter Rising, Roger Casement (1864-1916) had visited Germany endeavoring to obtain assistance for the Rising. He had earlier received knighthood following his service in investigating atrocities in Congo and later in the Putumayo Region of South America.


.5 Cubic Feet (84 folders)

Language of Materials



Letters to Robert Lynd from various correspondents, mainly Irish.

Robert Lynd Letters
Hannah E. Sabal
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556