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Title: John James Murphy to Martin Murphy, 1 January 1875
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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Partial Date
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Word Count701
Genreillness, politics, local economy, cattle business, money
TranscriptFlor del Uncalito

My Dear Brother Martin,
Your very kind and welcome letter of October 28th duly came to hand and also two ‘People’ papers some days later. We were extremely glad to hear that all friends are well, with the exception of poor sister Margaret. No circumstance whatsoever important could have caused me more pain than to hear of those frequent attacks on my dear loving sister. I trust in the sincerity of what you say in your letter, that she will soon be perfectly recovered. I hope and trust she will give no cause for a relapse of this complaint, but will avoid in every manner those works or exposures that may lead to it. Dear Friends, You will be glad to hear that the Mitre Revolution, after a duration of 2½ months, is crushed and the revolutionaries completely annihilated. The party who placed Mitre at the head of the affair completely abandoned him when he took the field. He had the sympathy of all foreigners, but they could do nothing for him. The committee of his party, when they launched him on to it, neither sent him money for arms, and had his party been liberal with him, the case would likely be different to what it now is, as he was very popular. But peace for this country is more beneficial even though Government may have obtained power through fraud and corruption, and of both evils I consider it the least. Mitre gave himself up with all his army. Himself and chief officers now to be tried by Court Martial, but it’s thought the sentence passed on them will be light, as Mitre’s services to the country exceed that of all other, both as a Diplomatist never doubted not even by his enemies. The Revolution, though interfering with the shearing, did not affect the sales of wool. All that wished could have sold at good prices, say from 65 up to 75 dollars per arroba of 25 lbs., according to class and condition delivered at the house, which is equal to 75 to 85 delivered in Buenos Aires from here. It is not so high just now, as the prices have fallen in consequence of buyers having in many cases filled their present orders. Many who contracted for fat sheep to be ported before shearing could not fulfil their obligation, as driving troops of cattle or sheep to Buenos Aires during the Revolution was very unsafe. The man that contracted for 3,000 with me took more, but I made a sale by the cut at 4,000 head, which I consider better business, as the difference of the price was only 5 dollars each = 50 dollars per piece = 45 per the cut. I have reduced my stock of sheep on Uncalito to about 10,000 head, and put any cattle to about 1,100 head. I sold and delivered a few days ago 280 head, 180 bullocks at 350 $ dollars each, plus 100 cows at 300 $ each. These cost me last April 165 dollars each one. With the other, they cost me nothing since but the run of the camp. Buenos Aires, January 8, 1875. Dear Brother, Enclosed you [will] find a note to Fr Reville, which you will close and forward it to him. Also, one for James with two bank bills in his favour, one for 24 £ to be delivered to William Pettit, Rathmoore, the other for 180 £, 100 £ of which is for James himself, 50 £ for you and sister Margaret, 15 £ each for John Pitt and the widow Margaret Pitt, being sent to them by their sisters, the two Tom Pitts of Rojas. I send the 50 £ to you and Margaret as a New Year gift, also wishing you all the blessings of this Holy Season. I remain dear brother and sister your affectionate brother, John. P.S. Father John £ Furlong wrote to me last May a very supplicating letter asking for some help to pay off the debt on the Enniscorthy Cathedral. I send him 10 £ myself but collected nothing on his card. J. J. M