|Eliza Murphy to Martin Murphy, 23 February 1881
|Argentina - Murphy
|San Martin, Salto, Argentina
|Haysland, Co. Wexford, Ireland
|Dear Brother Martin,
It is with feelings of deep sorrow that I write you the sad news of poor Brother Patt's death. We were quite shocked on Sunday morning at 4 o'clock to hear that he was dead, and up to that moment not having heard that he was ill. He first complained of a slight pain in his ear, and afterwards found that his neck was swelled at back of the ear, the glands. This was a complaint going here this past year, but I never heard of any person dying from it.
He bled a little from the nose and also threw a little off up, apparently from the stomach. Yet they did not think it was at all serious, as he did not complain much, until immediately before his death, which took place about sunset on Saturday 19 inst. May God have mercy on his soul and comfort his afflicted family, for though the children are all big they are young and the boys inexperienced. Poor Nick left his father in good health, going out to see those lands. What will he feel on his return to find him days in his grave. I intended writing some time since, especially when we heard of poor Anty's death, poor child. She was too innocent and good for this world, but I pity, her father he must feel his loss greatly. She was so fond of him, but we must each go in turn, and if we be as well prepared as poor Anty we will be happy. We are all well here. William got a severe fall from a horse about a month since. He was much nuised and his face cut. His left leg was very stiff and painful for some time. It was a miracle how he could escaped with whole bones. He was very much shaken but he is almost quite well again thank God. I sent you the children photographs through Mrs. Scallan. You will see what a great by your little Minnie has grown. He is one of the greatest mischief makers in the partido. Hoping this will find you all in the best of health, and united by William in love to each and all our dear friends, I remain your affectionate Sister,
We had a letter from the girls a short time since after we writing every month last year. Katie tells us she got only two letters from June to December. Fr. Barry thinks Katie ought to have won some prizes perhaps she may next time.
Fr. John Leahy has gone to Europe.