|John James Murphy to Martin Murphy, 19 January 1878
|Argentina - Murphy
|Murphy, John James
|Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Haysland, Co. Wexford, Ireland
|family, acquaintances, business
|Buenos Ayres, Calle Parque N° 587
My Dear Brother Martin,
Your kind letter of November 19 duly came to hand on 26th December, a few days previous to Brother William arriving to the Plate. Having him detained in quarantine for a few days, they landed on the 6th, the last of the Christmas Holidays, and left for the camp the Thursday following without us seeing any of them, nor even knowing that W. Breen had come. Anne Flood was shown the way to us but not till after she had engaged to go out to Salto with Robert & Mrs. Doyle on very unfavourable terms for the poor girl. Anne endeavoured all she could to get some one to show her up to see us before she engaged but to no purpose. R. Doyle, who is married to Ellen's sister, who saw Anne nearly every day, both know were we lived. The two girls of girls of the Cormacks also William and family were stopping 100 yards from E. Casey's office, who could have told them if they did not know, and others, but the object seemed to be not to let her see me till after she agreed to go to the camp with Mrs. Doyle. Then she brought her up to the evening before they started, too late of course for me to give her any advise, merely telling her that she could always count on us or her friends and that I was sorry I did not see her sooner.
I don't know if I am mistaken or not in my impressions as to Anne Flood. I feel as if she is entitled to our best consideration, for the many years she spent amongst our Family, having assisted till the last our poor Sister Bess, and nursed her baby from its infancy. And I suppose she left Haysland regarded almost as one of the Family. If so, she deserved better of our Family after arriving out here. She cried and wept bitterly because of having to go to the camp, and also at not being able see us before she engaged to go. She is not likely to stop long. Carr, Erwin & Furlong had left for the camp before we knew they had landed. Miss Cooney, who arrived a few days after them, was here to see us. She look well poor thing. We never breather a sentence about her misfortune, but we find that most of the Wexford girls about has the news, and of course will soon spread about. Your suggestion in your letter in reference to us going to see William when he land here was prompted by you feeling of Charity and Brotherly Love. You know how for I would go, and to what extremes I would strive a point to comply with a request of yours, but in this, of all other things I feel unable to comply, I need not trouble you with the History of the Case, nor my reasons for refusing you. But they are such if you only know them sufficiently you would not desire me ungenerous either towards you or them. My conscience is quite at ease on the matter, but regret exceedingly by the temporal influences that such a state of things being about in a Family.
Dear Brother, I am now busy in collecting the material together to Wire in the Camp at Rojas, the Caldera, and expect to be ready to commence the work about the first of March. Next, I have just got it surveyed, which operation cost me about £100. I am now proceeding against Michael Quinn to recover the old debt of $5,000, and the costs in Whitty's case. The business of the Pacheco Camp is still before the Courts, which has only a few days opened after the Summer vacation of over one month. I am ____ on the Case to see and get through with it against the season arrive for leaving this country. Whitty's Case need now not detain me longer, since the project I sent you in a previous letter I have been considering how difficult it may be for you to find a place to suit, as most places of the size I mentioned are in possession of owner or others. And it's only by a chance that a place of the size we need before of uncumbrance for you to go live to. Consequently, it may be a long time before a place offer that will suit you. I know nothing of what business the Encumbered Established Court is doing of late years, as I got a sight of no English papers since I came to Bs. Ayres, not even the People.
I had written this for with a view of sending this by mail of the 20th, but having got a call to Mercedes on business caused me to postpone it till this date. Bs. As., Jany 31/1878. Yours of 19th December to hand on 24th, by which I am glad to see first that all are well and secondly that you got the draft and cost all right. It is likely by this time you will have received another draft for a small amount £20. All I may say for charitable purposes I have taken steps to recover $5,000 from Quinn, but if what I have done fail I will proceed no farther. I will not proceed for costs. I will tell J. Cullen if he choose to do so, I will give him a power on Lar Whitty's account. But I am sure it will drop at that. I expected to hear from Lar Whitty what I am to do with the balance of his part. Let me know soon. In turning again to the subject of my project, I would be glad that you propose if you think of any other means better suited than my project to secure to you something secure safe to keep you independent during yours and Margaret's life, as it may be a long time before my project can be realised. Now perhaps a thing to suit might no turn up for sale by your nor my time, therefore if you see any other mode of carrying out those my wishes let me know and it shall be done. Brother Patt say James Pender is going home. George Furlong is leaving San Martin, but I don't know if for home. I believe I told in a previous letter that Mary Evoy is left us. It is a very bad time just now for leaving this country, paper money is at such discount. The Government since the reconciliation movement has gained general confidence and the politicle harrigen seem more clear. The country in general is recovering fast from the effects of the late crisis. Camp business splendid, all Friends well. Joy and Happiness to you all is the wish of your friends here, and of your affectionate Brother,
I send papers, J.J.M.