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Title: McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, Ellen, 1887
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, Ellen
Recipient Genderfemale
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Word Count484
Genreweather, politics
TranscriptJanuary 14th 1887

My dear Mother
Today the glass is down and the wind blowing like a March day
at home—not so cold, but just as wildly. When I wrote last it stood
over 115° in the shade in places here, and until today all the energy
was completely knocked out of people. The home papers have just
arrived, but not Agnes' slippers for which, however, I am obliged to
her as much as if they did. Two letters arrived the day before
yesterday asking me to stand for West Adelaide for next Parliament.
The election will be about April. I made up my mind to decline as
I could not carry on my business here and attend Parliamentary
duties. Besides, I don't care for Parliament except to push on my
views on the land question—the notoriety, and what is called fame,
of it, is not worth the loss of peace etc. However, Liston, Dr. Byrne
C.C., and others advised me to reply saying if a requisition was
presented I would consider it. This I have done, saying, a requisition
would show me the extent of probable support as a candidate, and
as a lawyer in case of return and change to Adelaide. The fact is,
there is a class here who expect me to stand for somewhere, in
deference to which I may do so, but would prefer not. So matters
stand at present.
I see you have had Dillon and others in Gort. Here I have
always to fight their battle, though indeed either in politics or methods
they are far from perfection. The rejection of Gladstone's Bill was in
my mind on the whole for the best. It involved the rejection of a
swindling land bill, and the Home Rule Bill would have—without
Imperial representation—have made Ireland a little pettyfogging
appendage to England, or led to separation. Federation seems really
the only sound plan of Home Rule.
Of the enclosed draft would you please send £7 to Elizabeth,
£3 to Joe Brennan in respect of an old matter that slipped my
memory, and keep the balance £25 as the sum you kindly sent me to
Melbourne. It is too late to write to each separately today, so I
trouble you with the lot.
I am getting tired of this place. All the old fellows are gone, and
its the same eternal monotony of breakfast, office, Hotel in solitude
but not silence, and bed again. But it affords a living so we can't grumble, and life, at its best, except there are a few persons to be
now and then met with whom one does not feel what De Quincy
calls "the burden of the incommunicable" is a monotonous affair. I
am glad you liked the lecture on woman, but it is not half, and only
disjointedly reported. With love to all

Your affectionate Son
P. McM. Glynn