|Title:||Moore, Sally to Pettit, John, 1865|
|Collection||Argentina - Pettit|
|Origin||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Genre||correspondence, family, war, friends|
|Transcript||Buenos Aires, Jan 1865|
My dear Cousin,
I wrote to you by the April mail acknowledging yours of the 25th of December. I have now to thank you for a second of the of February. I posted one from Fanny by the May Packet and some papers. The mail leaves here on the 26th of every month and is due at Southhampton on the 6th of the second next month she is due here on the 14th of each month.
Dear John, how glad we were to hear from you after so long a time and to hear that your father is still in good health.
We are all well here thank God when I last wrote to you Maggie was on a visit with us, she only left here today taking with her an addition to a long list of cousins in the person of a little son, Patrick Edmond called after his two grandfathers, he is now six weeks old and of course a great pet with Mama, in every other respect we are the same as when I wrote last. Fanny has not come in since her sister’s wedding, Anita her oldest sister came in with Maggie, one of Uncle James daughters so poor Fanny has to keep house until they go out, but I suppose she has told you everything in her letter of last month.
Our brothers or cousins have not been molested about the service as yet but it is like a dark cloud hanging over us, it is scarcely possible that they can escape this time and it is so dreadful to see the poor fellows going to fight. In the papers I send you, you see some account of the war. I am sorry that I cannot send you some better papers than the Standard but I suppose as Spanish is not spoken there it is useless to send them, we have several good ones in that language. I thought of sending some in case your father should remember his Spanish but Mama said it be useless. Your papers I receive regularly, they are very interesting. I think that country is far in advance of this but I would not admit this to an Englishman, they are always finding fault with this country and the people, and although we mix very little with the people of the country I like them better than I do the English perhaps it is because they are Catholics that we have more sympathy with them.
Daniel Cranwell is well and desires to be kindly remembered to you and your father, all our mutual friends in Buenos Aires Are well. Anita Brown is quite recovered from her illness and is on her way to England with her husband and two children.
Dear Cousin I send you Mama’s likeness and one of poor Dada’s one of Uncle James taken with his daughter Mary’s husband one of my youngest brother Patrick
Also one of the and one of her husband, Mrs. Kirk sends here to your father. I suppose he will not know it or Mama’s either. I first put them into an envelope but being so many we thought it safer to fold them in the newspapers next mail, please God I will send mine and perhaps some others. I hope you won’t forget to send those I asked for. And now my dear Cousin, I think I will finish with warmest love to your father and yourself from Mama, Uncle James, his daughter Margaret, Uncle Mike’s daughter Anita, my sister Maggie, Mr. Patrick Browne, Mr and Mrs Bookey and lastly your affectionate cousin,
I nearly forgot to tell you that Margaret Roach has not arrived here yet but Margaret Bookey had a letter from her lately stating that she was about returning soon to Buenos Aires S.M.