|Murphy, Fanny M to Pettit, John, 1868
|Argentina - Pettit
|Murphy, Fanny M
|Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Buenos Aires, April 14th, 1868.
My very dear John,
I am sure by this time you must think that I have forgotten you but ere this reaches you, you will have received Sally’s letter telling you of all our misfortunes I am sure. My dear cousin, you must have been sorry to hear that you lost so many cousins and also your poor Uncle James. Sally says she gave you all particulars respecting their deaths. I hope you will receive her letter for it is impossible for me to go over it again. Having to write about brings everything fresh to one’s memory and as such things now can’t be helped all we can do is pray for their souls and fervently hope that the Almighty may not send us any more crosses, for it is almost impossible to resign oneself. Just fancy dear Cousin how I must have felt when in the short space of eight days I lost my two brothers and a sister, my sister was married and left two children a girl and a boy the girl only lived two days after her. She died at our house when that dreadful sickness broke out she came over as she lived very close. My eldest brother was the first that it pleased the Almighty to take from us. He was only twenty three years of age it was a dreadful blow to lose him and then the rest to follow so soon, then poor Bella that was my sister’s name, then my Uncle James and last my poor brother Patricio who had just come home from college to spend some time at home before going back. He was only nineteen, so my dear John if God did not send me trials enough, I shall not say any more about them for the more I say I find it harder to resign myself to the will of God. Sally told you in her letter that I was in town I am in still and will remain for some time for I do not like to go back to my once happy home to find it empty of everything dear to me.
My dearest John this morning Sally received your very kind and welcome letter in which we were all so sorry to hear of your poor dear father losing his sight but we trust soon to hear from you and that your father may be quite well yet there are hopes that he may not loose it I only hope that the Almighty may leave him his sight and also may yet leave him many years to enjoy it. Sally also says she sends papers always she says it is strange you do not receive them. She says she will soon write and also Kate she is in town, her mother and all her sisters are in. They came in for a month or perhaps more it was so lonely for to remain after all the deaths. I must finish hoping you will pardon my letter for I do not be in much humour of writing for when I sit down I forget what I was going to write about. Hoping your father may be quite recovered by the time this reaches you, give him my love and you my dearest John receive the warmest love of your fond and affectionate cousin and sincere friend,
Aunt Sally and all your cousins send their love to you and your dear father and all join me in my sincere wish that he may not lose his sight. Hoping you will not forget to pray for your poor cousins. I hope I may not be disappointed I expect a letter very soon from you I need not ask you to write for I know you will not forget your cousin.