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Title: McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, James P., 1888
CollectionPatrick McMahon Glynn: Letters to his family (1874-1927) [Gerald Glynn O'Collins]
SenderMcMahon Glynn, Patrick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlawyer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAdelaide, South Australia, Australia
DestinationGort, Co. Galway, Ireland
RecipientGlynn, James P.
Recipient Gendermale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count486
Genreliterature, debts
Transcript45 Exchange, Pirie Street.
30th April 1888

My dear James
Your letter just received, and, though I succeeded in making
it out, I was inclined to swear at you for writing crosswise. I am
glad your book has gone off so well. The Saturday [Review] is
generally peevishly caustic — such being partly the necessity of its
literary tone. The Academy & Atheneum I have not seen, but will
hunt up in the S. A. Register office; but the Spectator (13/2/88)
was favorable. One of the Register men promised to review the
novel for me, but it hangs oweing to no presentation copies having
been sent, as the writer consequently does not get paid. He says
it's a little florid at first, but has not read it through yet. But he
will report favorably, I believe. He is the man who, as Parliamentary
critic, placed myself on the highest pedestal for oratory.
By the way, if you have not already done so, you should read one
of Charles Reade's, say, The Cloister & the Hearth. That is a
novel, besides most of Scott's. See also Ruskin's "Fiction fair &
foul" in the back numbers of the 19th Century — about 4 years
ago. As to my articles — I cannot now criticise as I would, owing
to being a politician myself, and have often, owing to the pressure
on my time, to write in trains. Every week I lecture somewhere,
and recently 5 nights in succession, barring Sunday. In fact, I must
take the consequence of being fancied as a speaker. But the article
on Matthew Arnold will I think please you — it's my idea of what
could be done were one's hands free always. You should read
As to Elizabeth, I'm glad of your reminder, but am afraid
you thought I required it, which was not the case. My all is still
in mining scrip, and I had, and still have, hopes of being in a position
to send home something worthy of remittance, but cannot do
so now without an enormous sacrifice. Besides my first duty is to pay off £800 odd at the Bank. The fact is, one cannot make
money at his profession & take the position in various public capacities
that events have brought me, so that I have to speculate, my
expenses being heavy. The enclosed, all now available, may be
some assistance to Elizabeth, and I send it through you because I
am not sure whether it's Tullow or Mallow she lives in.
Parliament will soon meet again, and then between law, the
Press, reading Parliamentary papers, heavy correspondence, lectures,
long attendances in the House, and the management of two offices,
my leisure time will be small — In haste
Your affec. brother
P McM Glynn
J P Glynn Esq

P.S. How much is your debt? I think Eugene had better come
out here. If so, I will find the means.