CHARLES STEWART PARNELL [189J
'O'Brien came back,and these points were discussed, Parnell said at once that he would not accept th$ chairmanship of Dillon, but he would with pleasure accept the chairmanship of O'Brien, O'Brien and I then went out and wired to Dillon, saying that Parnell had proposed that O'Brien should be leader of the party, Dillon wired back, warning O'Brien to her ware of Parnell, and not to trust him. Such at least is my recollection of the substance of the telegram. Next day Parnell returned to London, and I went to Paris with O'Brien, where I remained for some eight or ten days. Nothing so far was settled.'
Soon after his return to London Parnell wrote (January 1,1891) to Mr. O'Brien, saying that he feared the latter's proposals were impracticable. He, how-* ever, had a counter-proposal to make. This proposal was nothing more nor less than a revival of the Clancy compromise, Having set out the details of the compromise, Parnell went on:
Parnell to Mr. O'Brien
'My proposal now is : (1) That you should suggest to Mr. McCarthy to obtain an interview with Mr. Gladstone at Hawarden, and ask from him a memorandum expressing the intentions of himself and his colleagues upon these views and details, as explained by the delegates in their interview with Mr. Gladstone on December 5. (2) That Mr. McCarthy should transfer this memorandum to your custody, and that if, after a consultation between yourself and myself, it should be found that its terms are satisfactory, I should forthwith announce my retirement from the chairmanship of the party. (3) That chairman.