"With the final Enactment of the Constitution the self-governing Dominion of the Irish Free State comes into being.
The Constitution is itself founded on the Treaty that was framed a year ago between the Representatives of Great Britain and of Ireland.
It is my earnest hope that by the faithful observance on all sides of the Pact so concluded the peace and prosperity of Ireland may be secured.
It is in the spirit of that Settlement that I have chosen you to be the first Representative of the Crown in the Irish Free State.
With all my heart I pray that the blessing of God may rest upon you and upon the Ministers of the Irish Free State in the difficult task committed to your charge."
To that telegram my reply will be duly published.