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On the day that Britain declared war with Germany, Redmond wrote this 'urgent appeal' to David Lloyd George, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, to help push through the Irish Home Rule Bill before the end of the Parliamentary session. Lloyd George had proved himself to be a strong intermediary throughout the process of getting the Home Rule Bill through Parliament and with trying to find solutions that would appease both the Unionists and Nationalists in Ireland. Redmond’s letter urges Lloyd George to give assurance that the Home Rule Bill and an amending bill be passed simultaneously and that no steps be taken to enact the bill until a later stage. He says if this is done then there should be no trouble with Ulster, but that if Royal Assent is postponed then he would find it difficult to return to Ireland.
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