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Title: William Murphy to Martin Murphy, 24 November 1863
CollectionArgentina - Murphy
SenderMurphy, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcattle breeder
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSan Martin, Salto, Argentina
DestinationHaysland, Co. Wexford, Ireland
RecipientMurphy, Martin
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count569
Genrework, wedding, weather
TranscriptSan Martín, Salto
Dear Brother,

I received a letter by Frank Doyle from James Furlong. Tell him that I shall answer him and comply with his request about Xmas. I had but a few moments conversation with Frank. I just reached Buenos Aires at 8 o’clock the night previous to their leaving, which was lucky as I took some trouble off Kate. I had my wool in early and sold it at $82. Were it not that it was full of burrs I would have got a much better price. Patt is in town at present. I think that he will get much better price. I have the pleasure of informing you that I am at last married. It took place on the 17th inst. I delayed it a week thinking that John would be in the packet as he previously wrote that he would leave by the packet of October. I may safely say that I now commence life anew, and I hope you will bless us. How happy would this news have been made poor Mother had God only spared to hear of it. I well remember how she felt at my last parting. May God have mercy on her. I expect a prayer from you all for us. I first got acquainted with this young woman about nine months since on her landing in Buenos Aires. She is niece to Father Reville: Eliza Roach, Tullacams, who by an importunate Father, have been compelled to leave a once happy home. Father Fahey did us the greatest kindest. He celebrated the marriage Mass for us and also think it must have been he that got it in the paper. I enclose you the clip that you may through James or John have it inserted in the Wexford paper. You will ask them to do me favour as I’ve got a motive for having it to appear in the Wexford paper. I enclose you a photograph we have taken rather for a part for husband and wife but it was taken previous to our marriage. We had no wedding. Kate and a young man were all we had. We left town for outside the same day, and we arrived home safely, where I expect to spend many happy days, for me at least the change is great. When I leave home now, I will at least leave one interested after me. Excuse me dear Brother if I have dwelt too long on this subject but now I must leave it. The drought is yet continued. If no rain comes soon, people will be badly off camps inside are very short of pasture. But here we are better off. I see by last papers that Crosstown is not sold yet. I expect John will lease on it. I am glad that he is coming out for I doubt if Patt and he would agree long. I thought that you and Margaret would likely come with him but as I have not heard anything of it I must leave it so. Since John left here, this country has greatly altered. People look to comfort much more and live more like home. With kindest remembrance to all friends in Kilrane, Ballygeary, and Haysland. Brothers and sisters ____ and wishing you all to accept Eliza’s kindest regards. I remain your ever affectionate Brother,

William Murphy