|McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, Ellen, 1888
|Patrick McMahon Glynn_Letters to his family (1874-1927) [Gerald Glynn O'Collins]
|McMahon Glynn, Patrick
|Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
|Gort, Co. Galway, Ireland
|horse riding, law practice, mining business, decease, family
Pirie Street, Adelaide
Sept. 18th 1888.
My dear Mother
I see there is a mail going out today, and just write a few
lines to let you see I am all right. The Herald will doubtless reach
you, stating my horse fell with me at the hunt Saturday week, but
with the exception of a bruising, black eyes, and chipped teeth, not
noticeable, I got off all right. "Cadger" is a great jumper, but he
put his foot in a depression when taking off which brought him
down. In fact, I was well enough to ride again last Saturday.
The last run of the season will soon be on. As for myself, I can
ride over 4 ft. 10 in. fences as easily as on the road. You will see that I have an office in Adelaide. A young
fellow named Haurigan is apprenticed to me, but business scarcely
pays expenses. In fact law prospects here are not worth talking
of — the colony is not progressive. Last year I did not care, but
through the bad advice of Ministers of the Crown and their experts
I sold when a panic was on in the Home market and lost in a
week £3,500 —all, and more, than I made by following my own
calculations. The Broken Hill Mine is better than ever, and will
soon pay £3 a month per share dividend. Nothing else is worth
half its price. I didn't mind losses personally — but it cripples
one's power temporarily in relation to others.
Mrs. O'Neil, Elly Glynn, died in the Sydney Hospital. Mother
Bernard is here now and I see her occasionally. Fanny Glynn,
Mrs. Shackell, is getting on better. If you can conscientiously send
her a paper, it might be well, as she is sincere and has a strong
affection for our family. It's a pleasure to me when I hear from
or see her — as I really don't know two other friends here to whom
I can talk with perfect abandon. Public opinion on divorce is exceptional
in Ireland. Indeed, there is a divorce Bill before our
House here, against which I am going to speak at length on
Wednesday, but which will pass eventually, let the Catholics and
High Church men do what they will.
I see Father Effe is appointed to the Ballarat College. I must
try to see him. Johnny Wallsh is still in Melbourne, and Lizzy
may go there soon. Two of her sons are there. You seem to
be having rougher times of it in Ireland. Tell Elizabeth I got her
letter and must write to her soon. Life here, in a hotel, and for
one so generally known but still so isolated as I am, is rather dull.
The fact is, happiness is a matter of sympathy and affection, and
I can look back to the hard-up days with Mrs. Bailey [= Mrs.
Baillie of Melbourne] and her parrot as by no means the least
contented of my life south of the equator. The Sisters of St.
Joseph have just telegraphed to me to lecture for them, so I must
reply, and with love to you all, I am
Your affectionate Son
P McM Glynn