Lot 352: Young Irelander Rebellion of 1848 - O'Gorman
29 October 2016
Wells, ME, USA
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Description: Richard O'Gorman (1826-1895) born in Dublin, Ireland he entered trinity College in 1842. He joined the Young Irelander Rebellion of 1848; a failed Irish nationalist uprising led by the Young Ireland movement, part of the wider Revolutions of 1848 that affected most of Europe. It took place on 29 July 1848 in the village of Ballingarry, South Tipperary. After being chased by a force of Young Irelanders and their supporters, an Irish Constabulary unit raided a house and took those inside as hostages. A several-hour gunfight followed, but the rebels fled after a large group of police reinforcements arrived. It is sometimes called the Famine Rebellion (since it took place during the Great Irish Famine) or the Battle of Ballingarry. 1848 was a year of revolutions throughout continental Europe. Ireland was also still reeling from the impact of the Great Famine. The British government's reaction had been too little and too late to prevent the Irish people from suffering great hardship. Inspired by these events and the success of liberal, romantic nationalism on the European mainland and disgusted by Daniel O'Connell's acceptance of patronage from the British Liberals, a group known as Young Ireland broke away from O'Connell's Repeal Association. O'Gorman was one of nine that organised the 1848 insurrection and a reward of £300 was posted for his arrest. After many adventures he escaped to America. Admitted to the New York Bar, he practiced law with John Blake Dillon, which flourished and became a member of the elite. Appointed a judge of the superior court in 1880, and died in New York in 1895. Odd numbers rule in nature and evidently in politics. O'Gorman was one of nine Irishmen. Some say they were patriotic heroes, others call them traitorous rebels. In 1848, seven fervent Irish nationalists - Thomas Meager, John Mitchel, William O'Brien, Charles Gavan Duffy, John Dillon, Thomas D'Arcy Magee and Richard O'Gorman - valiantly fought for Irish independence. They Lost. Subsequently tried, convicted and sentenced to death, these men found themselves, their names heading for political martyrdom - a fact which did not escape the British Monarchy. As a result, their death sentences were commuted and an exile was instead imposed. Offered here is an ALS, NY, 1865, 2pp, 5-1/4 x 7-1/2 in. O'Gorman regrets that he can not accept their invitation to lecture before the Young Mans Christian Union of Lockport. See scan for condition: bottom of 2nd page had been removed from the letter and then reattached. Small loss of paper. Very uncommon autograph.
Condition Report: See scan for condition: bottom of 2nd page had been removed from the letter and then reattached. Small loss of paper.