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Jottings in Solitary

Michael Davitt’s "Jottings in Solitary" consists of his drafts on many topics, written while a prisoner in solitary confinement in Portland Convict Prison, 1881-2. The "Jottings" (Davitt’s title) have not been published before and contain a valuable autobiographical fragment and a frankly annotated list of Irish MPs of the time. Davitt gives his views on many other subjects, including an account of his arrest; his random thoughts on the Irish land war; how Ireland was robbed of her Parliament; on Ireland’s share of the British Constitution as seen in its Government and Parliamentary franchise; and essays on English civilization and on the education of the Irish citizen.

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Table of Contents

Synopsis of data for an autobiography English civilization Ireland’s share of the British Constitution as seen in its government and parliamentary franchise the education of the Irish citizen Christmas Day 1881 1st January 1882 synopsis of our parliamentary representation random thoughts on the Irish Land War - difficulties in the way of a solution of the Irish social problem letter in reply to that of Aunt Ellen’s how Ireland was robbed of her parliament my 36th birthday.

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