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Title: McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, Ellen, 1880
CollectionPatrick McMahon Glynn: Letters to his family (1874-1927) [Gerald Glynn O'Collins]
SenderMcMahon Glynn, Patrick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbarrister
Sender Religionunknown
OriginDublin, Ireland
DestinationGort, Co. Galway, Ireland
RecipientGlynn, Ellen
Recipient Genderfemale
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Word Count406
Genrefinding work, emigration
Transcript10 Henrietta St., Dublin,
21st June 1880.

My dear Mother,
I am happy to hear you are well by your letter this morning, As
regards Australia, the rules, which I was promised, have not been
given to me yet, but I am told that it is easy to get called, by an
application, before the expiration of the Six Months. I will see
McDevitt, ex-atty. general for Queensland, in court today, who
promised to bring me down the Rules. He says it is a good field
where prejudice pushes on few, and ability many. Here Prejudice,
interest, and cliqueism is nearly everything, as though the old boy
himself could not keep one Medal from me, the former I might say,
robbed me out of the gold ones. In fact everyone pointed me out as
the certain winner of the gold Medal for legal debates; but favouritism
conferred it on a man, (his own uncle being one of the Judges to
decide) who, metaphorically speaking, is not fit to clean the shoes of
those next on the list. Notwithstanding everything, the difference in
the Marking was only the 3rd of a mark. The members, who from
hearing the debates, could best judge, were so annoyed that they are
about to change the Rules to prevent Chairmen from marking for the
future. In College, though I was reputed as the best extempore
speaker, to get a medal was out of the question. There favouritism is
as powerful as Mammon in Society. I got a certificate for Oratory,
but this is like getting £10 in discharge of a debt of £100. However,
though the result increases my contempt, it does not interfere with
my temper; it is good to get anything out of men on to the backs of
whose presumption I often applied the lash.
I would be most happy to go to Australia. There seems a field
there for a good speaker, here it is narrow and chances to opening
few. I thought of South Africa, on account of the expense of Australia, as £50 would be a heavy sum unless I had a prospect of
being soon able to recoup it.
I have just written an address to the French College, and must be
off to get it signed

for the present

Your affectionate Son
Patrick McM. Glynn.

Please excuse the blots—in the office of Blaquieres you never can get
decent pen, ink, or paper.