Saturday Law Room, Dublin Castle
Dear Sir Matthew Nathan
In view of the developments of the situation to-day I wish to place in hand my opinion, already verbally communicated to you, of the steps that should immediately be taken.
In the first place it is vital & essential that no terms of any kind other than unconditional surrender should be offered or to be accepted from any person who has taken part in armed rebellion whether in the city & county of Dublin or elsewhere in any part of Ireland. In the case of the armed parties in the Country who have shot down a practically defenceless police force anything short of an unconditional surrender by the whole body without distinction will result in a fatal miscarriage of justice. Secondly all persons taken prisoner up to date or during the existence of Marshall Law should be dealt with by the military authority under Military Law. What is needed is a short sharp and decisive conclusion as to the measure of guilt and arrangement appropriate punishment in each case & to leave them to be dealt with hereafter by the Civil Tribunals of this country could prolong uncertainty and state of unrest and result in abortive prosecutions and a failure of justice. Thirdly there are as is well known in the city of Dublin in the vicinity, several persons in …. Aided & abetted this rebellion in different ways. These persons should be made amenable without an hour’s delay as it is certain that they are too possessive of incriminating documents & evidence which in the … of delay would undoubtedly be destroyed and justice then partially defeated. I should esteem it as a favour if you will … my views in these points submitted to the military authority and to his Excellency and the Chief Secretary.
James H Campbell A.G.