In May 1798 the United Irishmen instigated a rising against the British government of Ireland. which was put down over the summer months, and whose leaders died or were imprisoned. Among them was Theobald Wolfe Tone, one of the best-known contemporary Irish nationalists. This major edition of Wolfe Tone's writings consists mainly of Tone's correspondence, diaries, autobiography, pamphlets, public addresses and miscellaneous memoranda (both personal and public). Volume I covers Tone's youth, from his baptism in 1763, his university years, and his early career as a barrister and increasingly radical political pamphleteer and organizer, until June 1795 when he set sail for America.