George knew fully well what he was getting into when he started to associate with radical Irish Americans. These varied in their demands regarding home rule, land reform, and other issues, but they had in common a detestation of British rule – they could get on with their lives without the crown and parliament, Victoria, Disraeli, and Gladstone. The British were conquerors, or at the very least unwelcome foreigners. A short extract from a letter to Patrick Ford appears in the first volume of The Henry George Trilogy and deserves a reappearance: “We’ll topple Mr. British Crown before we are done. And I don’t care what plan anyone proposes so that he goes on the right line” (from George, “My Dear Mr. Ford,” in Wenzer, 1997b, p. 135).