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Towards the end of August, as the war in Europe intensified and became a key concern of Britain, Redmond and the Irish Nationalist Party were increasingly worried that the question of Irish Home Rule would be forgotten. The Unionist Party led by Edward Carson were keen for the Home Rule to proceed, but they wanted assurance that the six counties that formed Ulster would be able to remain under British government. This was something that an amending bill would have to address. This is the cover sheet for a private and confidential letter from Redmond to Asquith, which follows.
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