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Title: Patrick Murphy to Martin Murphy, 10 March 1876
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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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count495
Genrecorrespondence, money, advice on schooling
TranscriptEstancia La Caldera

My dear Brother Martin,
I will not be surprised if you consider me very ungrateful in not writing for such a long time. I should at least have done so on the arrival of John Connor, were it only to acknowledge and thank ye for the beautiful presents sent us. But the very flattering account he gave of the progress of the young lads and how contented and happy they were under your guidance and protection. Feeling confident that Mr Ballesty would pay you a visit, I delayed writing until I should see him, and even after his arrival the delay was extended until the present. But not I assure you through any kind of coolness or disrespect, no doubt but since that time it was and always is the busiest time of the year, but even so such an apology is insufficient to lessen the offence I have been guilty of. But a promise to be more punctual in future will I hope obtain your forgiveness for the past. Mr Ballesty, being a near neighbour of mine, I am very happy to hear you gave him and Mrs such a kind reception. It must have been a kind one, otherwise he could not be so enthusiastic in your praise. In fact, he is altogether in love with Wexford, for I have heard him tell some of his county men that it’s fifty years in advance of Westmeath. The two boys are now about four years with you, consequently you must consider me a very curious individual that never sent you a remittance large or small during all that time. I would have sent a trifle by Ballesty last year, but previous to doing so I consulted brother John, who told me he did not think it necessary. So it’s probable he knew my financial position at the time, perhaps better than I did myself. But as John’s promise of support expired after the two first years, consequently it’s evident after that term that I must try and reimburse you at least for the expense and trouble you must have had with them. But you will, I hope, excuse me for a little while longer. As to the boys, I would like your advice as to their future education, as between you and brother James, I am sure your are capable of forming an opinion on the subject, whether a higher school would be advisable or not at present, as it’s very probable, according to my present circumstances, that I will not visit ye inside of two years. I hear of no complaints or illness amongst any of our friends here. We all, thanks to God, enjoy excellent health, and I sincerely hope the same blessing richly enjoyed by yourselves, and with kind regards to all friends I conclude dear brother, yours affectionately,
P.S. Enclosed is a letter from Katie [see Doc103]