Miss Elizabeth Bloxham’s defection

[..]They had again visited the West and they told me how sorry they were to hear unkindly criticism of me. This surprised and hurt me and for the moment I couldn’t think why I should be spoken of in this manner. But when I found that it was because of my polities I was relieved for, of course, the Protestant community would deplore my defection from the Unionism which was so 11. closely linked with our religion. The Northern ladies rubbed it in with the hope that I would be deterred from straying further from the paths of respectability. These ladies were by way of having a great liking for me and indeed I, too, liked them. Then I was working in the North they invited me to their home and received me with great kindness and hospitality. When we were parting they said, with tears in their eyes, that everything would be so happy between us only for the One Thing. I’m afraid I was quite unmoved for I answered them gaily, “I could not love thee dears so well loved I not Ireland more”. I think they then decided that I was incorrigible.[..]