From The Irishman, 4 January, 1879.
The name of O’Donovan Rossa having been drawn into this matter, we give insertion to the following correspondence, in which his view of the “New Departure” is very emphatically expressed: –
Executive Office, Fenian Brotherhood,
New York, Dec. 13, 1878.
ROSSA – Have you anything to do with this ‘New Departure’ business in connection with Ireland? We ask, in connection with the Fenian Brotherhood.
MICHAEL D. ROHAN.
O’DONOVAN ROSSA’S REPLY.
FRIENDS – Why do you ask me such a question? I know nothing of ‘New Departures.’ I know myself, and I know that, since I came to that knowledge, I have tried to work for Irish liberty through fight – not through the English Parliament. And though I am not well able to fight now, I believe it is through fight alone we can get independence for Ireland.
I wish my friends would believe nothing of me, or what is represented as coming from me, unless over my handwriting. I should not be held accountable for what others say, or think, for me.
76 Perry-st., N.Y., Dec. 14, 1878.