The speech outlines the "present state of affairs of the Brotherhood". Mr. Jackson reports on the first Congress of the Brotherhood held in Chicago, Illinois. Speaks of new recruitment efforts and new Circles. Discusses the situation over in Ireland; the arrests of various Brotherhood members. He gives personal thanks to various organizers and leaders within the Brotherhood in America. The letter discusses Mr. Jackson's displeasure with a Mr. Sweeney not being able to purchase rifles due to a previous expenditure.
The address of the Circular was made on behalf of John Savage, C.E.F.B., who was ill. Contents include resolutions made at a Convention of the Fenian Brotherhood held in England, after an unsuccessful attempt at a revolution in Ireland. Representatives from Ireland, England and Scotland attended. An American, Lawrence Farley, Jr., traveled to this Convention and returned home with the resolutions. Additionally reports from a Committee from a Congress held in Cleveland are presented. Lastly, Mr. Savage requests that officers ascertain the strength of their Circles and report their findings immediately to the Central Office in New York.