|Title:||John James Murphy to John Parle, 15 February 1886|
|Collection||Argentina - Murphy|
|Sender||Murphy, John James|
|Sender Occupation||cattle breeder|
|Origin||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Destination||Co. Wexford, Ireland|
|Genre||inheritance, legal affairs|
Mr John Parle
When writing to you my last I had partly decided not to take any further steps about your affairs in this country, since you seemed not inclined to act as I directed. It’s not possible but Mr Huggard could have told you “G” to act for others than yourself you must be judicially and legally appointed and that the power you sent was not worth the paper it was written on. I don’t think your are so simple as to suppose that Mr Casey and myself would act in such delicate business otherwise than strictly legal.
Did we think in the beginning you would have acted as you did (having the advice of solicitor) we might have then taken the steps we do now in sending it. The property left by your brother Nicholas, being in paper currency, has very much reduced in value owing to the advanced premium on gold in this market. But from the financial state of the country, at present no one can say when or where this will end. Therefore, fearing things may get worse, I again decided to consult Mr Casey about sending it in the form and manner we have, I pledging myself to him that all would be properly and legally disposed of. He consented on these terms [to] hand the draft in favour of you and brother Martin. As to the girls part 200 £ each. I think Mr Huggard will admit the necessity of you or others being made legal trustees. Otherwise, they are not legally represented, and we could not stand by handing their part over to you or others, unless so appointed. In doing this you will of course choose the simplest and cheapest way available. You will see by the account sent that Mr Casey (though not legally bound) has paid bank interest up to date. Moreover, Mr Casey and myself have not deprived the heirs of any of their part by keeping the 5% each, commission that the law allows trustees in this country.
Therefore I trust you will acknowledge brother Martin’s services, the medium through which we have arrived at this settlement, which I hope will be done in a manner satisfactory to all concerned. Yours truly,
John J. Murphy
P.S. It is not true that I took any parts nor was I present at the settlement between your brother James and Mr Casey, neither was I a party to any promises that Mr Casey may have made your brother about yours and the girls part. Therefore I broke no promises I ever made that could be fulfilled. J. J. M.