From: Shaun OBrien
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011

Subject: John Gordon - Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

Dear Representative Ajello,

My name is Shaun O’Brien, I represent the Friendly Son’s of St. Patrick of Pawtucket, RI.

I write this letter in support of the efforts to clear the name of John Gordon. My organization fully endorses any and all efforts to examine the case of John Gordon within a Judiciary committee meeting, and the hopeful progression through the State Senate and finally ending with Governor Chafee’s signature.

Although the events of John Gordon are significant in regard to Irish history, and certainly highlight the plight of Irish Catholic immigrants, they are not the most important lessons learned. I believe the key message is to “right a wrong” that was committed against someone unable to defend themselves. In a time of great intolerance toward the new minorities of our day we need to look out for the John Gordon’s of present day Rhode Island.

In order to learn from our predecessor’s mistakes, we must acknowledge and correct them, before we can guard against repeating them. Our organization would be honored to have this letter entered into record on behalf of John Gordon. Please let me know how else I can assist in this matter.


Shaun M. O’Brien
Friendly Son’s of St. Patrick
Pawtucket, RI