John Mitchel (1815-1875) was one of the most prominent figures in the Young Ireland movement, and is also regarded as being a major influence on Fenianism. In 1848, after being arrested for charges of sedition, Mitchel was transported to Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania), before later moving to the United States. It was in this period he wrote Jail Journal, which Pádraig Pearse called the “last gospel of the New Testament of Irish nationality.” In America, he became a fervent supporter of the Confederate faction during the American Civil War, before finally returning to Ireland, being elected as an abstentionist MP for Tipperary shortly before his death.

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Writings

Jail Journal

Mitchel’s Letter to Lord Clarendon, 12 February 1848

To The Small Farmers of Ireland (1848)

To Lord Clarendon, Her Majesty’s Ameliorator-General and General Developer of Ireland (1848)

To Lord Clarendon, Her Majesty’s Executioner-General and General Butcher of Ireland (1848)

To Lord Clarendon, Her Majesty’s Executioner-General and General Butcher of Ireland (II) (1848)

To Earl of Clarendon, Her Majesty’s Detective-General, High Commissioner of Spies, and General Suborner of Ireland (1848)

To The Right Hon. Lord John Russell, Prime Minister of the Queen of England (1848)

John Mitchel’s Petition To The Houses of Parliament (1848)

Ireland, France and Prussia (1866-71)

The Crusade of the Period (1873)

The Last Conquest Of Ireland (Perhaps) (1882)

An Ulsterman For Ireland (published 1917)