|Title:||Herron, Isaac to McKee, Joseph, 1865|
|Collection||Oceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]|
|Origin||Co. Down, Northern Ireland|
|Transcript||Moira 13th Augt 1865|
I got your Kind letter some time on or about the 20 of May. We
were glad to hear of you all being in good health. We are all in very good
health thanks be to God.
Trade is greatily improved in this country this season. The Cotton
trade is better at this time than ever it was in my day of weaving and for
the Cambrick I suppose you Know all about it from other letters. It could
not be plentier and wages is pretty good. There is 11s for a 900 of Macouns
and a good many other houses is paying more.
You seem to think that the country would not answer me and I think
you are right. I have lost all notion of going now. Your father in law was
telling me that he intended to send You all word to come home if you
could get so I suppose if you live and me lives we will meet in Ireland yet.
You tell me that if my Brother was able to send for me that he
would not get lave. Now I feel rather inclined to dispute that with You.
I have got three letters from them since you left this country and there
was a half soverin in each one of them. Now I think anyone that would
do that would do more if the could. There was for 15 months after you
landed in that country that I never got a single line from my brother owing
to missrepresentations—for you could not be but certain sure that I
was very well to do after the way that I Commenced to Keep house and
the wretched state of trade and a continual heavy rent pressing one for a
number of years.
But I have nothing more to say on the subject. I think I Know my
brother [better] than to believe that he is any more henpicked than a nother
tho there is very few altogether free. Several people has been telling me
that the believe that my brother is not doing well. There is no part of my
brothers affairs any secret to me—and I think that he is better than what
he would have been in this country. My brother is no bost [boaster] and
if he had a thousand pounds he would tell the people nothing about it and
if he was in misery it would not be to every one that he would tell it either.
If any such information comes to the country thro you I hope for the future
you will not trouble the subject.
I think you must have some ill feeling towards my brother Now. You
wrote your first letter 3 months after you landed and you said that when
you landed in Melbourne that you wrote to my brother and that he sent
for you to come to his house and that you were still there and that the had
been very Kind to you and had assisted you to get work. Now if all this
was true why an ill feeling. I dont write this to offend you. I wish to offend
no one. I was glad to see your letter and will correspond with you with
pleasure if You wish.
I can tell you nothing about Your father in Laws people. The call
very seldom here. I dont Know any cause for it except they think the are
got too high in the worl for that. Nathaniel Hinds and family is in white
Heaven [Whitehaven, Cumberland] this year past at the Iron mines. He has
a pound per week and is doing pretty well. I have nothing more to say. I
hope this will find you all well.
I remain greatefully Yours
I am weaving Cotton.