|Title:||John James Murphy to Martin Murphy, 14 May 1870|
|Collection||Argentina - Murphy|
|Sender||Murphy, John James|
|Sender Occupation||cattle breeder|
|Destination||Haysland, Co. Wexford, Ireland|
|Genre||new arrivals, sending for people, lambing season, family|
|Transcript||Flor del Uncalito|
Dear Brother & Friends,
Your letter by James Roche date the 24 March is safe at hand by the bearer, who arrived here in the 2nd May in good health. His namesake Roche I have not yet seen. He told the parties that I had to receive them in Bs. As., that it was to William he was sent. Be that as it may it is just as well so as I do not need him. I am only sorry you did not send out Mrs. Evoy in place of him, as I think she will answer as much better than her niece or any youngster like her. However what has been done is all right & I must only trouble you now to assist Father Reville in sending out Mrs. Evoy to us as soon as possible. Perhaps brother William will send home the cash to pay for her passage as the passage of his man is already paid for. Having set out the job of fencing to a company of French Bascos hope we not in need of as many hands as I at one time expected. However I shall be able find something to do for those already come.
Brother William has rather an strange way of sending home for passengers. He have the business between his, Mrs. & Father Reville. She write home to him to send her out a person but not send the cash till after the person arrive. This naturally must put him to inconvenience having either to borrow the money or raise out of the Bank, neither of which is very agreeable. In case the money should not reach Father Reville from William in time to pay the woman's passage let James or yourself hand it over to him to do so & I will have it returned soon. From the tangled way which William & his Mrs. did the business you could not have acted otherwise than the way you did, & as it so happened it turns out well. Your letter of 19th March did not arrive up to now. It is probably mislaid. The enclosed letter I have it open so as that its contents may be known to you, & after reading it enclose it to its owner, who will assist you in arranging matters about the woman's passage.
Dear Brother, the camps are splendid this year. I have never during my time in Bs. As. saw then as good as this season. Animals of all kind are fat & increase good. I have señaled, marked up to this date lambs to the number of 25 per cent, and the principal. This is the lambing of six weeks and I expect to have yet about 5 per cent more this year. I am to have only three months lambing, a system I intend to proceed on for the future & I think I will do well for the following seasons. March, April & May are the three best months for lambing & these are the three I choose, as the lambs yearned in these months are always fit to shear at the proper season. Lambs at a later season are not fit to shear, consequently the winter & spring following find them with so much wool that the scab make its ravages between that & shearing, & from them not infrequently the whole flock is infected. Another advantage in having only three months lambing is, after your March, April & May lambing is over we can part out all our oldest & worst ewes & put them on to the best camp to fatten. They will then be in market at the proper season, say for September & October, which is the months the hightest prices are paid & consequence of the wool being then at its full growth.
Dear brother, In a letter some time ago I wrote to you some remarks concerning Crosstown. I hope you received the letter. I think it would be well to attend to it as soon as convenient. I hope is some use to you to have that fund & perhaps let me know how all friends are getting on. We are all well here. William's eldest daughter has met an accident by striking herself in the eye with a sizers [scissors] but its thought she will not lose the eye. Ellen joins in kind love to you & Margaret & hopes she will receive the little token she sent her by John Baggon as a mark of her love & regards for him. Dear brother, hoping you will with the help of God get relief quickly of your affliction of the legs, & that you will soon be able enjoy the many years that is still left you, is the prayer of your dear & affectionate brother,
Dear brother, say nothing to anyone about the boy. The Mossan crossing let him come if he choose, providing he has where with to pay his way. William, & and his brother and sister here, don't want to encourage him. If his aunt Mrs. Evoy need a little cash to fit herself out give her a trifle & have the boys coming to himself or his friends here to send for him.
My love to all,