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Title: Moore, Sally to Pettit, John, 1866
CollectionArgentina - Pettit
SenderMoore, Sally
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBuenos Aires, Argentina
DestinationMelbourne, Australia
RecipientPettit, John
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
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Word Count657
Genrefamily, war, friends
TranscriptBuenos Aires, February 23rd 1866
My dear Cousin,
I sent you by last mail some likenesses and some papers. I suppose you have received them as our letters and papers come and go safely. I received your letter of October and the newspapers too for which I am obliged to you. Mama taken great interest in them. I am glad to hear that your leg is better and I hope by this time you have thrown away the crutches, poor Fanny was anxiously expecting a letter from you before she left town. I sent your letters out to her so I suppose she is contented now. I think I told you in a former letter that a sister of Fanny’s had entered the same convent as my sister Mary is in. I sent you a likeness of hers with Fanny’s and mine, and the other Eliza is a daughter of Uncle James who joined the French order of Charity, she took her family by surprise she came in on a visit to us and in a short time arranged everything with the Superioress without their knowing anything about it. Her brother-in-law came in sick in the meantime and when he got very bad Uncle James and Aunt Mary came in to see him, so a few days after his death she asked, and obtained their consent and on the first of January entered the community, and since then another young cousin of ours, a second cousin Mary Doolin has followed her example. I think dear John that if ever you come to BsAs you will find most of your cousins in convents. Fanny wrote since she went home, that Uncle James says that he’ll not allow her or Kate his youngest daughter to town any more for fear they should go like the others. She says that all the young men are laughing at them and calling them prisoners but I don’t think their imprisonment will last long, poor Uncle James will soon forget his fears and let them in.
I’ll not say anything about the war as the papers will tell you all about it. I am glad to say that they have not molested any of our boys so far but they may do so at any time so that we are always uneasy about them. I am sorry to see by the papers that you are threatened with drought, we know what it is, and have been threatened with it this summer too, but it has rained in some parts of the country lately and we are in hopes of more soon.
Margaret Roach was to see us a few days ago, she is quite well and desired to be remembered to your father and yourself, she looks much better since her trip to Ireland.
Mr and Mrs Bookey and family are well. I have not seen them since I received your letter to give them your regards or Daniel Cranwell either but I know that he is quite well.
I send you two numbers of the Standard and a Spanish paper. I am glad to hear that your father has not forgotten his Spanish, he must have a very good memory to remember a language so long without speaking it.
In my last letter I told you of the death of a cousin of ours, Gerald Dillon. Sally his widow, Uncle James daughter is staying with us since. I think she will spend most of her time here, she does not intend living at her own place any more so that she will be company to us now that Fanny has broken her promise, although not through any fault of hers, of living with us. I will now conclude with kind regards from Mama, Sally and myself to your father and yourself. I hope to receive your likenesses soon and don’t neglect writing often. I remain dear John your affectionate cousin.
Sally Moore