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Title: McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, James P., 1885
CollectionPatrick McMahon Glynn_Letters to his family (1874-1927) [Gerald Glynn O'Collins]
SenderMcMahon Glynn, Patrick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlawyer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKapunda, South Australia, Australia
DestinationGort, Co. Galway, Ireland
RecipientGlynn, James P.
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
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Word Count779
Genreadversity, gambling, prospects, religion
October 19th 1885

My dear James
I am very sorry to find that you have been so unfortunate in
your money matters recently. However, with prudence and economy,
if luck also should be favorable, it is possible to bring accounts
square again. The guarantee you require I enclose herewith, but
have not time by this post to write a letter to my mother. If you
are wise you will not let anything tempt you to break in upon any
little reserve of capital you may again have. It is doubtful whether
I would, in case luck ran against me, care to live on through circumstances
similar to those in which I was situated during my last
year in Melbourne, after going forty eight hours without a meal etc.
The affectionate sympathy of those among whom I was latterly
thrown made up for a lot, but there would be a change now. I
am sure you feel very much the loss of your horse, as riding a
good one is one of the best pleasures in life. I had a thoroughbred
some months ago, but he got kicked before I even rode him once,
and had to sell him at a loss of about £15. Horses are cheap
here but good hacks are scarce and the season is so dry that feed
is very scarce. At present it costs in livery 15/- a week to keep a
horse, though it used to be done for 10/- at other times.
You must have run it pretty hard to have got so much in
debt. Gambling never brings anything in; but I will say nothing
against it, as I join in it here pretty often, winning a fiver last
Saturday night, losing one the Saturday before. It is a stimulant
to a bachelor's life, and merely fills a gap now and then which
never should be open to a man decently married. I am still clerk to Hardy & Davis. I made them an offer to clear out, but they would not consider it, though one of the partners suggested that I should make it. Law is not paying here now — money is so scarce, and the prospects of the coming season are worse than since I came. My relations on the Sydney side think
I am a perfect Croesus, but I cannot see the fun of doing much
for the support of drunkards' families. The Government employed
me to draft a consolidated Local Courts Bill which is now before
the Parliament. It kept me very close to work for over a month,
and a County Court Judge (we call them Special Magistrates here!
and their Courts Local Courts) considered the changes in the old
law with me. A job like this is worth about £80, but then I have
to give half to the Judge and half the balance to Hardy & Davis.
If I acted as the world would advise me my name only would appear
on the BUI as draftsman, and the Special Magistrate would
get none of the fee. I have just finished a small Bill and, as the
instructions came to us both, put the Special Magistrate's name on
with mine, though he never touched it. Better to be under no
imputation of doing anything narrow.
The Boyle paper with your interesting letter arrived, but the
editor's note is not very comprehensible. I sent you a Kapunda
Herald with an article on "Jesus & Paul" which I wrote as a notice
of an article by a friend which appears in the Melbourne Review.
My reason for sending it is to give you some clue to what my
opinions of modern orthodoxy are. There is no Christianity in the
Churches — but perhaps there never will be conscious Christianity.
It is an ideal towards which the human race is tending and when
realised will not be felt.
I have lectured on A. M. Sullivan in Adelaide at the request
of the Irish, but did not keep any reports of the lecture, so cannot
send you one. People seem to know me pretty well now, as I find
there is a biography of me in a work being published on Notable
South Australians. I will send my mother a copy.
The time for posting is nearly up. I only found at breakfast
time that a mail left today, so I wrote at once to catch the 9.45 a.m.
train. With love

Your affect, brother
P McM Glynn
PS I presume that you don't want more from my mother than
what you state, £50 or £70, as my chance of being a good surety
for more is at present doubtful.