|Moore, Sally to Pettit, John, 1866
|Argentina - Pettit
|Buenos Aires, Argentina
|correspondence, family, friends, local economy
|Buenos Aires, May 25th 1866
My dear Cousin,
It is now one month past my writing time but as Fanny wrote last month I waited until this mail. I received your letter of 23rd of December and also that of January, and the papers come regularly for all of which I am very much obliged to you.
I am so glad to hear that your leg is getting well again you must have suffered very much from it and now I hope to receive your likenesses soon. I suppose you have received ours ere this. I sent Fanny’s and my own with some more of your cousin’s in January and I wrote in March. I am glad to see by your letters that the papers are interesting to my uncle, it shows that he still remembers Buenos Aires. I have sent same regularly every mail, as to the termination of the war which you thought the victory of Yatay would have been likely to bring, it seems as distant as ever, it is difficult to say when we shall have peace and the troops are suffering very much for want of food and other necessaries. Our boys thank God are yet unmolested about the services but if the war continues they will be in want of more men so they are not by any means out of danger.
I am almost alone at present. Mama is on a visit to my sister Maggie, she is nearly three months gone. Sally Dillon was staying with me, she has been here since her husband’s death but her sister Maggie came in for her to stay with her mother for a while so they left last week, they both desired to be remembered to you and your father, poor Sally is recovering the death of her husband very slowly, she promised to send you her likeness when she comes in.
Margaret Roach is very well and sends you her best regards. She has taken a little house and is doing a little business in the way of soft goods. I think she will get on very well. I have not been to see her since she moved but she sometimes comes. She seems quite happy in her new home.
Buenos Aires is very dull at present, business is very bad owing to the war and failures very common even to the sheep farmers complaining to the scarcity of money. They are prices given for wool are low whilst the rent of land and other expenses attendant on sheep farming are very high so that our camp friends are not in the best of spirits. The time for making fortunes at that business is past.
All our friends are well. Mr and Mrs Bookey send their best regards to your father and yourself, the Brownes are all well but we seldom see any of them as they are living in Rosario and don’t often come to Buenos Aires, and now dear John I will conclude with best love to my dear Godfather and yourself hoping soon to hear from you.
I remain your affectionate cousin