326 CIIA11LES STEWART PAKXKLL [IP01
opinion as to the sufficiency of the memorandum you showed to me at Calais ? 1 have not time at present to advert to what I consider the great change produced in the situation by several of the pastoral letters of the members of the hierarchy just published. They create great doubts in my mind as to whether the peace wo are struggling for is at all possible, and as to whether we are not compelled to face even greater and larger issues than those yet raised in this trouble. ' Yours very truly,
' CHAS. B. PAKNBLL/
A short time afterwards the negotiations were broken off, and Mr. Dillon and Mr. O'Brien returned to England. They were immediately arrested and lodged in Galway Gaol, where they remained, without giving any sign, for four or five months. At the end of that time they came out and declared against Parnoll. So the Boulogne negotiations—the ' so-called negotiations/ as a distinguished Liberal scornfully Raid to me—camo to an end ; not, however, until the Liberal loaders had given some assurances anent the forthcoming Homo Bule Bill. These assurances wore in the following terms: (1) The land question was either to be settled by the Imperial Parliament simultaneouBly with the establishment of Home Bule or within a limited period thereafter to be specified in the Homo Bule Bill, or the power to deal with it was to be given to the Irish Parliament. (2) The Irish constabulary wan to bo converted by degrees, within a period not to exceed fivo years, into a purely civil force under the complete control of the Irish Parliament.1
The question has been raised whether Parnell meant
1 Annual Register, 1891.so that wo may, if possible, como to a joint decision?