This collection reflects the political and literary activities of Denis B. Cashman and his friendship and literary collaboration with Irish poet John Boyle O'Reilly.
For additional information concerning O'Reilly, see James Bernard Cullen, ed. and comp.,
The Story of the Irish in Boston (Boston: James B. Cullen & Company, 1889), pp. 207-213; and Henry Boylan,
A Dictionary of Irish Biography (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1978).
Of particular importance is the diary kept by Cashman between October 15, 1867, and January, 1868. It contains details of Cashman's incarceration at Millbank Prison near London and the prisoners' voyage to Australia. Some entries pertain to the
Wild Goose, a newspaper edited by Cashman and published by the prisoners while on the
HOUGOUMONT. Also included in the diary are poems by O'Reilly, Cashman, and John Flood.
A small book of poetry, apparently in Cashman's handwriting, contains transcriptions of verse written by a variety of poets.
The collection contains a few pieces of correspondence (1865-1887), including letters from Mrs. Cashman concerning family matters (Jan., 1867). A letter of Cashman (Feb., 1868) briefly describes his adjustment to prison life and activities of other prisoners. A letter of Cashman's son, Willie (1878), written on stationery bearing an engraving of the College of Ottawa, briefly mentions his schoolwork there.
Additional items include examples of Cashman's published poetry, a photograph of Cashman taken in Australia, a newspaper clipping discussing O'Reilly's escape from Australia, and a copy of Cashman's book
Life of Michael Davitt (Boston: Murphy & McCarthy, 1881).
Researchers are requested to use the photocopies of the manuscript material in this collection.