|San Martin, Salto, February 20th, 1866.
|Argentina - Murphy
|San Martin, Salto, Argentina
|Haysland, Co. Wexford, Ireland
|family, friends, local economy, emigration
|Dear Brother Martin,
I would long since have written you have I anytime of note to communicate, knowing also that John is in constant communication with you, leave me little news. We are all going on as usual in the enjoyment of good health. Little Kate is growing fast, but from her being so fat it was against her walking, which she has now commences. This year has not turned out so well for the sheep-farmers. Wool cheap. Sheep have also fallen and has few purchasers even at reduced prices. Money is dear. We now pay two wherein we have had it for ½ &c. At this time is owing to the scarcity of paper in the market to pay for our wool, while has greatly increased. Suffice it to say that all are hard pinched for cash. Numbers looking to honour. Collections difficult. After all we are encouraged by the prospects of good camps. They are just beginning to look green after three-month drought have had plenty of rain and as the lambing season is close to hand we expect to see our flocks in good lambing condition. I was in the city lately. I saw Annie Cormack. She was looking very well. She is in Kate's situation, as Kate's with us. Her mistress having given her three weeks to see her friends, and as she was looking very bad, to see if a trip to the camps would serve her. John arrived from the city yesterday. I spoke to him about getting out my wife's father, mother and two sisters. John advises me, as it's late now to write Captain Stocks of the la Zingara, to write to you that you would be able get them set for me with him, as you have his address, that is Captain Stocks, and John says has given yours to him. Private Now, as Captain Stocks thinks that he may be coming out in one of the packets of another company. I wish you to communicate with him only, as his passengers for next trip are coming under his name. The youngest girl is about 12 years, perhaps you will be able get her out for half price. The last sister that came out through ____ Duffy got her a cabin passage. We will write to Father Reville to call see you (he has been long speaking of doing so), that you may have as little trouble as possible and see consult the cheapest mode to secure the passages. Father Reville got out some through Mr. ____ 18 months since for £15. In case you may not know Stocks's address I expect Duffy would forward your letter. Stocks has yet to take in cargo at Montevideo, but I do not know when he may leave there. You can get the passengers out to John or me. Tell James Furlong that I received some seed through Miss Roache, for which I thank him. Remember us to James Murphy. Tell him we are getting on as usual. Give Mick Pierce on the point of moving to John's camp. Old Frank yet on the look out for a place. He has now about 1,500 sheep with about £200 in cash. Simon Gaul has just been with me. Some months since Mr. Moore in Iacene wrote to the Captain of the La Zíngara to bring out Simon's brother Laurence, but he has not come nor do we know the reason. But should he not have left before Stock leaves be so good as to send him; that is, Laurence Gaul. Captain Stock says he wrote to 30 passengers who failed in coming. Perhaps Gaul is one. Wishing to be kindly remembered to all friends and hoping this will find you all well, I remain your affectionate brother,