DESPARD, Charlotte. 20014



Autograph Letter Signed ‘C.Despard’, addressed “Dear friend & comrade”, confirming her railway journey and arrival. 1 page 8 x 5 inches, folds, in good condition. 2 Currie St., Nine Elms, 24 October 1918. Charlotte Despard (1844 – 1939), Anglo-Irish suffragist, socialist, pacifist, Sinn Féin activist, and novelist. She was a founding member of the Women’s Freedom League, Women’s Peace Crusade, and the Irish Women’s Franchise League, and an activist in a wide range of political organizations over the course of her life, including among others the Women’s Social and Political Union, Humanitarian League, Labour Party, Cumann na mBan, and the Communist Party of Great Britain. Despard’s brother Sir John French became both a leading military commander during World War I and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, putting them on opposing political sides in later life.