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Title: John James Murphy to Martin Murphy, 20 May 1864
CollectionArgentina - Murphy
SenderMurphy, John James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcattle breeder
Sender Religionunknown
OriginUncalito, Argentina
DestinationHaysland, Co. Wexford, Ireland
RecipientMurphy, Martin
Recipient Gendermale
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Word Count1112
Genredecease, new priest, family, prospects
My Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Dear Martin, I have had the pleasure of receiving yours and James’ letters, and some of the papers. Others has gone astray. I am glad to see that things are going on well with you at home, and more particularly, that you all enjoy good health, this great blessing. We all here are in possession of also, thanks be to God for his Mercies. At present I have but little news to send you from the camps, but what my last letters contained more than that they have improved very much and the pasture has grown exceedingly since the last rains. We have been, and will continue to be, very busy for some time getting to right things that through my absence heretofore has been neglected. I forgot to let you know before now of Robert Boggan demise. He died from fatigue and exposure at the time of his brothers moving his sheep. A man by the name of John Butler (Murntown) got married to Margaret Rochford about two months ago, and has since left her a widow himself & horse was killed by lightning. Cousin Peter Cormack had also a very narrow escape. He had to be carried into the house almost lifeless. Tell Father Kavanagh (Tagoat) & Father John Furlong that I don’t think expedient to collect one their cards here at present, as we are at present now building a public school in Salto, and after that is finished, and is at present collecting to build a Chapel also, as Mass and all other religious sessionings is at present performed in a private house rented by the Municipality for that purpose, until the Church be built. We have at last got an Irish Priest amongst us. He resides at the village, about ten leagues from Salto, but Salto and another village ten leagues outside is included in his district also, and this places he visits once a month to Salto his Mission. Dear Brother, I am glad to see by the papers you sent me the National Bank Liverpool is not likely to be a failure. The account and the speeches at the General Meeting expect much of it. Consult Dr Crean and Mr Kennedy occasionally about. I think they won’t deceive you. I see the Atlantics are done up. If there be anything coming to me out of it, do you take steps to obtain it, be the amount large of small. I am sorry to hear that the filly is still lame. I would approve of the idea of getting a foal out of her. Choose a strong boddied and limbed horse but not sluttish with some breeding. But don’t get his father. Johnny Boggan might give you an idea of a horse. Patt’s Mrs is extremely desirous and so are we all that you and Margaret would send us your likeness on cards, say half a dozen of each, for your friends out here, and also James & Bess another ½ dozen. The two can be taken together on each card. I would not recommend you Mrs McCabe, as I think there are others in Wexford that can take them better. Agree with the photographer to finish one first to see if you like it. Dear Brother, with respect to our friends of Kilrane it’s only what you may ever expect from them, I would also suggest to you not to sacrifice too much of your natural independence for the sake of their friendship, as it leaves in doing so it leaves your own of but little value. Always support an honest independence and more particularly with those from whom you have never, nor need never expect any advantages, nay even I may say fair dealings from. Bs. Ayres, 26th May. Dear Brother, I am now in the city, about the same land and am likely to come to an arrangement about it. I have also spoke to the agents of the steamer but cannot agree as they take cash down. The La Zíngara is going home but don’t know if she be left before you can things ready to come by her. However, you will see through the advertisements what ships is to sail from Liverpool, and you can take a choice between them and the Raymond, but the latter is entitled to a preference, as captain Lenders keep the best rules, and most moral ship that ever came to this country. You are to arrange with the captain or owners of whatever ship you choose for the amount to be charged for all that you send me to be paid here by me at their arrival. I believe I have nothing more to say on this subject as this and my previous letters contain all that is necessary. If the coder that was made for the jaunting-car yet exist please send it out for the gig. Since I came into the city, I find the Mr O’Byrne, the Argentine Consul at Dublin, is came out to this country I believe to remain. And if the government has not yet appointed any person I think I shall stand a good chance but it is not to be counted on as sure, so we let it die for the present. James ask me what is Patagones. They are silver dollars value about 4s-2d each. Mr Roach, a brother to William’s Mrs, he is to leave town with me on tomorrow for outside to William’s. I send a Bill enclosed in this in favour of Moses Brown, Nick’s father Kisha for 5£ five pounds. Bridget, his sister, is out at William’s now. I expect to be in Buenos Aires again in about a fortnight’s time, as I am now going out to see the land that I am in bargain for, and shall then have to come in to arrange for it if I like it. It is close to my own place about six leagues, and I am told the best camp about there. It is true I shall have to take out a mortgage on Uncalito to pay for it, as William has all the cash I am owner of at present. It’s the government title I now purchase for eight years, and during these eight years I can pay a little every year in the way of buying it out as real property. Dear Friends, in conclusion I hope this will find your all in good health which I have the pleasure of informing you we all here enjoy and I remain as ever your Dear Brother,

John Murphy