|John James Murphy to Martin Murphy, 22 September 1867
|Argentina - Murphy
|Murphy, John James
|Haysland, Co. Wexford, Ireland
|family, weather, cattle, profits, payments, employees, politics
|Flor del Uncalito
Dear brother Martin,
I am in receipt of your letter of the 7th August, and am glad to find all friends in the enjoyment of good health, a blessing which I hope you may long continue to enjoy. We had a letter also from Rev. C. Reville congratulating us on our marriage and giving us his blessing. He also says that you are much better than you have been this long time, and that he was to be the next day at poor Sister's month's mind whose death he very much regretted on account of the large family she left to ____ her loss.
Dear brother, we are all well, in the possession of good health thanks to God for His Blessings, and getting along much as usual in our business. This has been a very dry winter, and some parts has suffered severely in consequence. About here the camps are pretty fair, water scarce, but stock in good condition and doing well. Señaled (marked) lambs about 33 per cent, which is considered reasonable for good years. We are busy now preparing for shearing, which we expect to begin on the first of October. There is no talk about or at least nothing talked of so much as our great races that is to come off on the 25th inst. There is to be four prizes, a Members Cup, a Members Plate, a Saddle & a Briddle whip & spurs for ____, and open to all English speaking people. This will be a great day, as all our previous races has only been preliminary ones to the great races that is to follow each year.
Dear brother, as to the proceedings of Thos. Royden & Son I fancy there is a slight attempt of swindling from the fact of them having said that they had been speaking to their agent Wilks, and that he said there were no passage money paid to him on our account. That I believe to be an untruth, as Wilks could not deny it as his receipt is here in Barry & Walker's hands, and this thing he likely have showed them his books on his arrival in England, as he took them with him. Pay no further attention to their demands, as Barry & Walker will likely write to them on the subject. As to the numbers and passages once the mistake was that Mr. Roche and his daughters was paid by his daughter in Bs. As., altogether unknown to us out here, and we only came to find it out by your speaking of four passages only, and which they also mention in the note to you, now at home. These two and half passages they have to refund to us again, as we paid for all the passages to Wilks, their agent, and have a receipt to that effect. So you can tell Royden & Son that in case they should trouble you any more about it. Father Reville speaks of a young man coming out from Dublin to me, of the name of Power. I don't know the family. Young Farrell has left me. I fear he will do nothing for himself. Edmond Hore has also left me but he is a steady boy. So far Young Richards is going on well so far, and may continue so if he remains amongst sober people. Otherwise it's doubtful. The two English men I've got is very sober, reasonable men, and very ready and obedient to do any thing they are told. Farrell after knocking about some time came back, but I did not employ him.
If there be any one coming out from that neighbourhood send me out ½ lb. of horse carrot seed, and about 1 stone of spring oats. I want to see if they grow in this country. I am sure the carrots will. Brothers William & Patt is since yesterday at my place with their horses preparing for the races, and to get a trial with mine. I have but little time to write much this time, as we are so busy preparing for the shearing. All the people I know about here [torn] well. Andrew Pierce got a bad hurt from his horse [torn] falling on him, but he is fast recovering. There have [torn] been no bones broken but got a severe bruise in [torn] the thick of the hip. I send you papers ready [torn] I don't know if you get them. You heard [torn] by them that the war is still going on [torn] much as usual. It is thought it will be a drawn battle as all the Allies and the Paraguay has got their fill of it. The season still continues to be very dry, and great fears are entertained of a seca (drought) this summer, and if the summer come in without rain there will be great losses through the country. In conclusion I hope this will find all friends in the enjoyment of life [torn] and good health. Mrs. and all friends wish [torn] to be remembered to you all and I remain [torn] your dear and affectionate brother,
John J. Murphy