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Title: Patrick Murphy to Martin Murphy, 12 January 1873
CollectionArgentina - Murphy
SenderMurphy, Patrick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcattle breeder
Sender Religionunknown
OriginEstancia Caldera, Rojas, Argentina
DestinationHaysland, Co. Wexford, Ireland
RecipientMurphy, Martin
Recipient Gendermale
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Word Count680
Genreraising children, correspondence, cattle business, family
TranscriptEstancia Caldera, Rojas

My dear Brother,
I was in the act of writing you the other day where I received through John yours of October 25th, which relieved us of much anxiety to hear of you all being in good health, particularly they young lads. And to hear of them progressing favourably and conducting themselves to your satisfaction is, I assure you, a consolation indeed. You tell me you were obliged to chastise them on two occasions for same offence, but the second should have been accompanied by the rod to impress on their minds the necessity of obeying in future. In this country I persevered as much as possible to prevent their mixing with the men, as I consider in nine cases out of ten it proves injurious to the moral training of youth. Yet as you say there are some exceptions which people know at a glance, wherein it would prove a benefit for children to associate with. And I am very happy to hear you have got such, and for his kindness to they children it may not be forgotten. The letter you say you forwarded a few days previous to receiving mine of August, never came to hand. It's probable in it. You gave me an acct. of Mr. Ballesty & Father Leahy's visit. They both, particularly the former, gave us a glowing acct. of they young lads & respectability of the old homestead, of which you might feel proud. The latter spent last night with us, and likely this one also. I am sorry to see by your letter that the crops are bad in the extreme. And by the Papers also I perceive that Hay in particular will bear a ruinous price this year, all in consequence of the wet. We have had in this country many years to complain of from Drought alone, but the two last have been most propitious. And I hope with the help of God you will soon have a change also for the better. We have the misfortune of having our Wool on hands yet. We could sell now but at a sacrifice of full 20 percent to that of three months since, all chiefly attributable to the rise in the money market of England. By the last mail the news rather encouraging, a fall in Bank rate from 8 to 6 and expectation of a lower rate soon. By this we may expect a reaction in the Wool Market, but probably in two months hence. William Bogan is at present in a very delicate state, been attacked by the same disease which compelled him to proceed to Buenos Ayres last year. I leave it to your discretion whether to disclose it to his friends or not. We are very sorry to hear of poor Joe Murphy. You will give him our regards and tell him we sympathise with with him in his affliction. He promised leaving here that he would get likeness of they young lads taken in Buenos Ayres to send us but time did not permit him to do so. I never got any acct. from you as to whether you received any cash from Joe on their arrival. Please let me know. If it would be no inconvenience we would feel for ever grateful if you could send from there their likenesses. I enclose to you our pretty pictures. Mary & I with our youngest son, Patrick Martin, Katy Elizabeth alone, also in the group, Annie Maria & Bridget Margaret. Therefore we wish ye good bye for the present, desiring to be kindly remembered to Mickey & Johnny, sister Margaret, James & family, not forgetting yourself. I remain dear Brother, yours as ever, Patt

P.S. Give the enclosed to George Furlong, P. I had a letter enclosed for George, but I thought the whole too heavy. Tell him I will write him soon. Tom Pitt would wish to know if his cousin intends coming. If not he has got to return to here the ticket, Patt