y-t CHARLES STEWART PARNELL [1883
Jaeobini, Secretary of the Sacred Congregation de propaganda .Fide, was despatched to the Irish bishops condemning the 'tribute' and calling upon them to give it no countenance. Of course the bishops obeyed this mandate, and the priests henceforth ceased to take any public part in collecting subscriptions. But the people heeded not the papal letter. They saw nothing in it but the hand of England. Certain facts were subsequently revealed which seemed to show that the suspicions of the people wore not without some foundation. These facts may now be related.
Towards the end of IHbfcJ an Irish Catholic Whig member (Mr. George Errington) went to Home—on * his own affairs/ it was said. Before starting, however, he called at the Foreign OHice, told Lord (Sran-ville of his intended visit, and said that he might havt* an opportunity of discussing Irish affairs with the Pope. Jjord (Sranville there and then gave him a letter 01' recommendation, which ho had authority to show to the papal Secretaries of State. In the beginning of 1HHM we find this gentleman practically filling the post of Knglish Kuvoy at the Vatican. The (lovernment wished to use the .Pope to put down Parnell, and to control Irish affairs generally in the English interest. The .Pope was anxious to reestablish diplomatic relations with England. .Hero was a basis of negotiation. .Lord (Iranville dared not, in the light of day, send a diplomatic mission to the Pope. Knglinh public opinion would not stand that. But he thought that a private channel of communication might be opened through Mr. Errington, and that thus Downing Street could be kept in touch with the Vatican. * What was thought of Krrington
Home? ' I asked an official of the Papal Court wheno mortgage was about 13}OOOZ. Government knew, it was not the custom of the Nationalists to go armed to their meetings until the bad example was set by the Orangemen.'— Hansard. American Land League.