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Title: Dalton, William to Hogan, Ned, 1858
CollectionOceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]
SenderDalton, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationprosperous farmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCo. Tipperary, Ireland
DestinationNew South Wales, Australia
RecipientHogan, Ned
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipformer employer-former servant
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count536
Genrenews, economy
Transcript[from transcription of lost original]

Abbey Golden
August 17/58
Dear Ned
Why should old acquaintance be forgotten. I was thinking it was the
case until receiving by this mornings post the Sydney Herald and Freeman
which I feel much obliged to you. I would always feel a pleasure in hearing
from any member of the family. What is become of Judy. I never heard
from her but once since she married nor neighther from James or Dan.
Poor Mairy I suppose is saying her prayers.
This country is improving very much for the last 5 or 6 years
notwithstanding there are numbers going to your country. To give you an
idea how hirein going on here Butler of Ballicurran is paying 18s a week
to ten men he hired in Golden on Sunday and their diet. I am entirely out
of tillage thank God. Wheat is not worth more than 14D a stone in this
country and it is thought the new wheat will sell at 9D a stone. There is
such a glut of forrein corn tillage farmers are not at all well off in this
country but graziers are doing well. We had not since the potato blight
come such a splendid crop as we have this year. We have 20 barrels to
the acre. The blight is gone this year and corn is equally good. I am cutting
wheat in Mough today I have only Loyde and his son cutting. It
would [word missing] from the farming implements we have got since
you left we can do buissness with one third what we had in your time
All your friends here is doing well here. Your old friend Mickeleen
Hogan is still alive and doing well. He gave two thousand pounds some
time ago for an estate and a few days after I was coming from the fair
of Kilfeacle and he was sitting in a little [word omitted] he has on the
tipping [?Tipperary] road eating his dinner and what was it a little bowl
of yellow male stirabout. So you see it is hard to break an horse of his
troth [tror]. The Scully and Sadlers are all knocked to pieces. They robbed
the country with their Bank. Land that let here some time ago for 15s [?]
is now let for 25s [?]. I very fortunately got a lese of Mough for a guinea
an acre. It is a pound an acre better now than when you left. I have 40
dairy cows there and it is as good as Abbey for butter. The five tennants
that remain on Cloughleigh are very happy having the land under the
Courts. There is not one house to the 20 in this country that was when
you left.
I never heard a word from Matt Blake but twice since he left. There
is a free imigration for some young females. I am trying to send out two
little girls neices of Peggy Dwyers. If they are successful in going I will write
by them to you. They would be a treasure to whoever would get them. I blive it
is for Melbourn they are taken.
I am Dear Ned
Yours truly
William Dalton