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Title: McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, Eugene, 1886
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, Eugene
Recipient Gendermale
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Genreadvice on emigration, elections
November 15th 1886

My dear Eugene
I have not got your letter by me, but believe it is dated a
considerable time back. It is a bad habit to allow arrears of answers
due to accumulate, but though I have a large present correspondence
I must face the arrears. By this time, probably, you are a surgeon.
Well, as to coming out to Australia, I believe it might be a good step.
How your profession lies at home I can't say, but the position here is
about this. Hitherto doctors have made pretty fair incomes in South
Australia, but there is a sufficient supply of them, as far as I can see,
at present. The country, owing to wretched harvests and low prices, is
poor just now, though the discovery of gold about 150 miles from
here may make a change. Besides the University authorities, with
their usual desire to outstrip their necessities, have founded a medical
school here, so that in four or five years there may be a good many
doctors. In the other colonies there are also medical schools, but I think you would on the whole find an opening here sooner than at
home. By here, I include the other colonies. I don't like to delude
you with false ideas of this place. The law is at present here not
worth much, unless a fellow swindles his clients, and doctors also
suffer severely from the depression. Should I go to Melbourne &
Sydney at Xmas I will make more enquiries. Your plan would be
to get an emigrant ship in charge, by which you would get out free,
if not be paid, and take an assistantship or locum tenens for a while.
I can see to you on landing.
I hope you are all well at home. Just now I am very unsettled.
The elections are near and I am expected to stand for some district,
but really cannot afford it. I cannot be three days in Adelaide during
the week without losing my business. The Editor of one of the
Weekly Papers some time ago pressed me to receive a deputation,
but I refused. This week I see he announces I am going to stand,
the wish being father to the thought. The best of the business is that
I would oppose the wishes of my would-be constituents on many of
their opinions, but, if I did go up, I would tell them so plainly
enough, as I don't care so much for Parliament that I would sink my
opinion for anyone.
I hope to hear well of you ail at home. I must write to my
mother soon. Give my love to them all

Your affectionate brother
P. McM. Glynn

I began to James, but must write to him next.