|Moore, Sally to Pettit, John, 1866
|Argentina - Pettit
|Buenos Aires, Argentina
|newspapers, correspondence, friends, family, telegraph
|Buenos Aires, Dec 26th 1866
My dear Cousin,
I will commence by wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, and the same to my uncle. Ours I am happy to say is not such a dull one as the last, you will remember that poor Gerald was after dying. This year we have the pleasure of my sister Maggie’s company and that of her little son, we had not that pleasure last year she had not been here for a year and a half. We are all quite well thank God. I received your letter of the 27th August and also the papers this month too. I received your papers for all of which I am very much obliged. The account of the arrest and confession of those murderers is very interesting, the event must created a great sensation when it occurred. Mama could not sleep after reading it to us, it appears strange that English or Irishmen should be such wretches it does not often happen here that foreigners do such things. Although there was an Irishman shot not long ago, I think about four years, for killing his wife and sister in law. I believe the only Irishman ever executed here for murder, amongst the natives in the camp it is more common. There was a man of twenty-two years of age shot some time ago who had killed it is said seven persons.
I am glad to hear of your almost perfect recovery from the effects of your broken leg by this time. I hope you are well as ever. I wrote to you by the October Mail. I suppose you have received it before now, but what I am saying you will not receive it before February. Fanny was to have written last month but I suppose the reason she did not was that she was away from home on a visit for some time, in your last letter to me you said that you would write to Fanny in the next month but no letter has come and as yet I think all your letters and papers have come safely. I sent some Standards and a Spanish paper last month and the same the month before. I will send some today also, let me know if you receive them as you mentioned that some got lost before.
I forgot to tell you in my last letter the information I had received of the man you enquired about James Howland. I am told that he is living near Mercedes in the camp.
Margaret Roach is very well and getting on well in business. She told me that she would write soon to you. All our old friends are well. The country looking better than it has been for several years, like Australia this country suffers very much from drought but this year thank God everything is flourishing owing to the constant heavy rains we have had. The camp men are all in good humour this year, they do have great hardships to endure in dry seasons having to draw water for the cattle and sheep which is very heavy work under the hot sun and sometimes hot winds that I think those winds are not so frequent here as in Australia, we have not had any this year or rather this summer yet, last year the weather was very warm at this season much more so than this.
You will see in the Standard an account of the inauguration of the Telegraph between Monte Video and Buenos Aires, it was a grand affair and as the hall or Colesseum is next door to us we could see and hear them from our roof. Mr. John Hughes, the choirman is Anita Browne’s husband, an Irishman.
Any now my dear John I think I must finish. I cannot think of anything else that would interest you. I sent you some likenesses in the October packet. I will try and have one of my sister Maggie to send you next month.
Mama and Maggie join me in love to yourself and your father. I expect a letter from you next month. I hope I shall not be disappointed.
I remain my dear John your affectionate cousin, Sally Moore