New York, N.Y. Not Published, 1922. Typed Letters Signed. Not Bound. Very Good. Item #027397
Frank P. Walsh (1864 - 1939) American lawyer, "…Influenced by his early poverty, Walsh became a lifelong labor advocate and progressive democrat. With a successful law practice representing labor interests, and with increasing political involvement in progressive, reform politics at the state and local level, Walsh emerged as a national figure by 1910…In 1919 Walsh became chairman of the American Commission on Irish Independence, a group of three private citizens who went to the Paris Peace Conference with the hope of obtaining Irish independence by bringing an Irish delegation to the conference. The commission conferred with Wilson and his key adviser, Colonel Edward M. House, and also visited Ireland, where the members traveled widely and met with leaders of the revolutionary government…As chairman of the commission, Walsh gave advice to Eamon DeValera, the head of the Irish revolutionary government, during his trip to the United States in 1919. Walsh took the lead in organizing the sale of bond-certificates to raise over $5 million for the Irish government. When the Civil War erupted in Ireland in 1922, Walsh successfully represented a committee of bond holders who demanded the return of their money. Walsh continued to counsel the bond holders and to advise DeValera during the 1920s.Walsh moved to New York City in 1919 and opened law partnerships in New York and Washington, D.C., where he specialized in representing labor unions…." (Francis M. Carroll in the ANB) Both letters dated October 25, 1922 and accomplished on Walsh's letterhead. (1), ½ page, a short note, introducing the accompanying item below: '…I am very anxious to be of assistance to Mr. Black in his candidacy for Justice of the Supreme Court. (of NY State) In talking the matter over with Mr. Lawlor this morning I suggested that I might write you a letter on the subject…I am enclosing it to you…" (2) 1 ½ pages; "…my law partner, William Harman Black, is the regular Democratic nominee for Justice of the Supreme Court, running in Manhattan and the Bronx…a man of broad human sympathies and democratic viewpoints….He was also my close associate and ally during the whole of the struggle for Irish Independence. It was he who first suggest to me the organization of the Protestant Friends of Irish Freedom, at a time when the cause was little understood by our non-catholic friends. Afterwards he became one of the founders of the organization, gave faithful service as an officer of the same, and with ready voice and open purse, fought the good fight…" and humbly asking for Ford's endorsement of Black's candidacy; Black did become a NY State Supreme Court Justice. Both letters signed in green ink; with the mailing envelope. Both letters in very good condition.