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Title: Solomon Moody, Australia, to Abraham Moody, Ireland
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMoody, Solomon/19
SenderMoody, Solomon
Sender Gendermale
Sender OccupationJustice of the Peace
Sender Religionunknown
OriginTruro, South Australia, Australia
RecipientMoody, Abraham
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT2901/3/13: Copied by Mrs Maine-Reid, 30, Ballymullan Road, Crawfordsburn, Co.Down
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9505148
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT,05-17-1995.
Word Count822
TranscriptTruro 24th June 1866

My dear Abraham,
I have received
your letter of the 11th April
and am glad to find that
you are pleased with the
young Australians and their
mother. An other nice little
girl has lately been aded [added?]
so that I can boast two
sons and three daughters.
Joseph has sent his
lot accompanied by the
pictures of three aborigines
by the last mail
two men and one woman.
You seem surprised to
to [sic] see so much change in
my appearance. Still it is
not surprising sixteen
years makes a large hole
in a lifetime and those
who have tried it knows that as
much even in the most favoured
countries it is no small
affair for a stranger who has
not any money to begin with
to make an independency and
aquire a respectable position
in society. This is not done
without much toil and care
and the effect of care and
toil is easily traceable -
you see it in the picture
and I feel it.
I am thankful however
that it has not been labour
in vain I have got beyond
the reach of probabable want
and my social position is
a magistrates position
here is of more consequence
than at home as there is
as yet no hereditary
arristocracy [aristocracy?]
and a seat on the Beanch [bench?]
is a seat among the peers
of the land. My family
thinks one will have a good
special position and you
know better than I do what
an advantage this is to
those who know how to
make a proper use of it.
It is remarkable how [dearly?]
some of the Coleraine named have
become to me I was much
puzzled about "Lily Anderson"
for the time I had quite
forgotten that comfortable looking
little [Penthe?] man he will not
I hope forget me when
he comes to consider the disposal
of his 30,000
Magilligan names are still
familiar as home.
I am very glad to hear
that Ruth affair has turned out
well. I should like to get
the likeness of all your family
they would prove as acceptable
to us as ours to you.
I often think about Margret
and her lonely lot but I suppose
she is contented - she always
was contented.
We are all well here except
John and he is rather better
than usual I will tell him how
concerned you are about him but I do
not think it will have much
effect upon him he knows the
misery & sin better
than anyone can know it
who hase [has?] not suffered on account
of it as he hase [has?] suffered
It is not possible for those
who have happily never gone to
the same lengths in sin to
realign that misery. All that
they can say must pale for that
of the reality. All that
they coud [could?] do, therefore is to
do as you have done pray that
he may receive help from him
who is mighty to save of all
objects of compassion the
hopeless sinner is the most
to be spiritual.
The seriousness and sadness
of poor Johns case has caused
me to forget for the time
some things that I intended
to write but it was not
any thing of importantance [importance?]
Remember me to Wm [William?]
Clark and any one whom you
you think still takes an interest.
in me. I repete [repeat?] your
concluding prayer.
May the God of our fathers
and I trust our God be the God of our
succeeding generations
and that to bless them

Solomon (SOLOMON)

better than I could reasonablly
have expected.
The Government hase [has?] been
kind enough to make me one
of her Majestys Justices of
the Peace And the preliminary
steps in connection with this
appointment were of a character
calculated to make it as gratifying
as possible they were taken without
my knowledge when I was absent from
the colony on a visit to Victoria.
When I returned I
had a letter from the Magistrate
who presides at the courts of
Kapunda, Auguston, Tarunda,
and Riverton, to say that the
Magistrates of the District
had recommended that I should
be made a Justice of the Peace
and that he heartily concurred
and wished me to consent to
act so that he might forward
the recommendation of the
Government at the same time
and without any knowledge of
what the Magistrates were doing
the people of Truro and
neighbourhood petitioned their
Government for the same purpose.
It will add considerably
to my care and had I considered
myself alone I would have declined
the honour, but out of respect
for the magistrate who
sought my cooperation and
the friends and neighbours who
regarded me with so much
respect and confidence but
mainly on account of my
family did I accept the
I delight in my family
and am anxious to do all that
I can for them.