On 18th April 1918 the bishops of Ireland resolved to support the anticonscription campaign in Ireland. This was a key event in the conscription crisis of 1918, paving the way for the Mansion House Conference, which included representatives of workers and trade unions, the Catholic Church, and political rivals Sinn Féin and the Irish Parliamentary Party. On 20th April 1918 this broad alliance confirmed its opposition to conscription. The crisis strengthened Sinn Féin and the Irish Volunteers, and weaked both the Irish Parliamentary Party and British governance in Ireland, paving the way for the dramatic switch from the IPP to Sinn Féin in the election later that year.
This A4 page leaflet was published some weeks later by The Mansion House Conference. The text consists of a letter written by George Russell to The Manchester Guardian, printed in the issue of May 11th 1918.