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Title: McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, Ellen, 1885
CollectionPatrick McMahon Glynn: Letters to his family (1874-1927) [Gerald Glynn O'Collins]
SenderMcMahon Glynn, Patrick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlawyer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
DestinationGort, Co. Galway, Ireland
RecipientGlynn, Ellen
Recipient Genderfemale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count648
Genrefamily, achievements
Transcript2 Mint Place, La Trobe St.
31st Dec. 1885

My dear Mother
You see I am at present in Melbourne and staying at Fanny
McDonald's. I came over for a few days, arriving on Xmas Eve.
Fanny is not much changed within the last 31/2 years, has a large
boarding house on which by hard work she manages to live & her
niece, Cecilia, is staying with her. Cecilia, Robert's daughter, is now
18 years of age, fairly good looking, and a contrast to her impulsive
aunt in that she possesses a considerable power of reserve—not,
however, stolid demureness, but rather that which is connected with
a sense of Maidenly pride—often a rarity here. Bobby, her brother,
is expected from Sydney today, but the mail leaves here in an hour,
so I cannot say anything about him this time. Robert left some property, mining scripts chiefly, out of the proceeds of which an
allowance is made to the children through the administrator, a man
named Callacher, who, however, is swindling them right and left. I
am about to investigate the position of affairs, but cannot unfortunately
go to Sydney to do so. However, it can nevertheless be done
through agents, & I will look into the matter & if necessary cite the
trustee before the Court of Chancery.
Mary Anne is getting very old in appearance. She lives, has a
shop, in Lygon St, Carlton, Melbourne, & probably has a competence,
can took [?talk] a good deal in perhaps a style slightly
eccentric. Cissey is living in her boarding-house & her husband gets
more work now than he used to. She has aged a little also. Kitty
Tyrrell is now I think 13, growing very tall & slender, with an
unfortunate stoop of which with proper care she might have been
broken, has a great look of Nora Tyrrell in her calm affectionate eyes,
though the features are not similar. She has improved considerably in
the direction of firmness of character within the last few years. Lizzy
Denny, Cissey's other child, is I should think about 7 years old, a
bright eyed, kindly, rather pleasing looking than handsome, little girl.
I don't know any others here of our connection. One of the Mc-
Nevins, Willie, perhaps, is a Member of Parliament here; but I
never met him. He used to be a state-school master at a place up
country called Belfast, & got in a few years ago. I was yesterday
talking to a journalist who knows him & asked my friend to mention
my name & origin to him.
Before I left South Australia I was very busy with politics,
having had to address meetings of unemployed etc. I sent you a book
called S. A. Notabilities in which I have got a place. The Book is
badly got up & many of the biographies seem to have been written by
the subjects themselves, they are so falsely eulogistic & misleading,
the Linklater, for instance, about whom I was spoken to here yesterday
by an English journalist who had never heard of him though he
was 10 months in S.A. Linklater is a scamp of the most mediocre
pretensions, & was struck off the rolls recently.
I have only sat down to send you a scribble of half an hour's
length, as a mail closes here at 10.30 a.m. As the wish is the main
point & takes effect from the time of its being offered, I wish you
all a happy new year, in which & sending her love & remembrances
to all Fanny joins me. I return on Saturday the 2nd January to S.A.
This place would be a more congenial one to live in, but the circumstances make a man's position rather than himself. I hope you
are all well & will write soon again.

Your affectionate Son
P. McM. Glynn