|John James Murphy to Martin Murphy, 26 April 1864
|Argentina - Murphy
|Murphy, John James
|Haysland, Co. Wexford, Ireland
|money, correspondence, emigration arrangements
My Dear Friends,
Your certainly cannot say but I am fond of letter writing as they have of late almost become troublesome to you. But I might have let this opportunity pass were it not for a message from James Murphy to his father, Uncle Patt, Ballygeary, requesting of me as a favour to give him thirty pounds. At present it's not convenient for me to send home the amount as all the spare money I have is in the hands of brother William. Therefore the only way I can oblige him is for you to give him twenty pounds or thirty if convenient. It's yourself that only know whether it's convenient or not, but it's likely they will require it by the time this reach you, to meet the half-year's rent that come due about this time. Holding in time the calls and other requirements that may be forth coming, and thinking it might be convenient to let him have it and he much in need of it the best way is to back a bill for him in the Bank and let him pay the interest until such times as James or me can send it from here. There is no doubt but such could be effected as I am here. Mr. Kennedy will take you a security for more than that amount. Write by return of post and let us know how the thing has been arranged or if there has been any difficulty in doing it. I wrote by the French packet of this same month but I've since heard that letters were not in ____ in time to be posted by her. Therefore I send this with orders to have the others enclosed with it. The other letters contained a great deal about the things I wish you to send, which you will be pleased to carry out my instructions in all its points as far as you can with the exception of the metal socks. In place of metal socks send me two new iron ones well steeled, and one spare sole plate. You will be pleased also to send me two sets of cart harness, that is, two straddles, two collars of middle size, two pairs of harness, two ____, two pairs of winkers. There can be stored in the box with the gig harness. Let them be good articles and let them be either second handed, or if new, be a little used before you store them up to as they may pass without duty. All these things that come out in boxes may come in the name of the passenger's luggage.
Dear Friends, You will have no time to lose (after receiving this), but you will need to make a move to have things ready to start them from there as soon as possible, at least by the steamer of August next. I intend going to town in about a month time to see and arrange with their agent here for all that I've sent for, and I shall let you know as soon as I possibly can. Send me also a screw wrench so as it will fit the gig or any other nuts I may need it for, so as to have the articles I send for all before you. I send you a list which is the following: A gig harness, wrench, a good double barrelled fowling piece from Anglim with powder flask shot, pouch and nipple screw. Let this last as also the other articles be more or less used so as to appear second-hand. The most of the articles can be properly packed in boxes so as to appear as luggage of the passengers. As to the men you are to send me, if you can make a better choice than those two I named don't hesitate to do so. Those reared most respectable at home generally turn out best here, though Brown is a good man and Frank Doyle has turned out exceedingly good. I have left by little room to say much of other matters. There is one thing I shall not cease to remind you often of the propriety of you coming to this country, and whenever you can spare an hour in considering over it I entreat of you as a friend not to look upon it as you were once wont to do. And as bringing up a family there can be no place better as children can have, see, or hear no bad example, unless from their parents and family alone, and the children that turn out bad it must be the fault of their parents, and I may say this is the general feeling of most people in this country now. If at any time you should take the notion of coming I shall feel happy to go home to see you out to this country. In conclusion I am happy to say that all out here are well and desire to be remembered to all friends. I often wished that poor little Willie and Kate had half the nice white bread that is thrown to the hens by the children here. It may not be ____ to let you know that I can eat a good supper of mutton here before I go to bed, and be no worse for it.
Adieu Dear Friends, your prayers I solicit for the spiritual and temporal welfare of your dear loving brother,