|Title:||McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, Eugene, 1889|
|Collection||Patrick McMahon Glynn_Letters to his family (1874-1927) [Gerald Glynn O'Collins]|
|Sender||McMahon Glynn, Patrick|
|Origin||Adelaide, South Australia, Australia|
|Destination||Gort, Co. Galway, Ireland|
|Genre||advice on emigration, elections, politics|
|Transcript||Pine St. Adelaide|
December 23rd 1889.
My dear Eugene
As wishes are available in present even across the Ocean, I
suppose I better wish you and all a merry Christmas and a happy
new year. You want to know about Medical instruments. You
can get any you want here or in Melbourne, and will have to pay
duty on any you import. A Doctor tells me that if you come
stocked with the usual pocket instruments you will be right.
I believe there is more scope here for a Doctor than at home,
though, unless you have the luck of picking up a wife and thus
making a home, you may occasionally feel alone. To me one
hour of hearty and sympathetic abandon is worth all the cold
reputation in the world.
I have to lecture for some Charity at Christmas — about 6th
January, in Sydney, so will leave here for a week or so in a few
days. The General elections come on in March, and though I
don't intend to canvass for a single vote, believe I will be again returned. I hear from home that some gallant patriots have burnt
down some of Mother's hay — for house grabbing. The Irish
character and people are composed of some of the lowest and best
elements in the world; and there is no doubt that the art of speaking
and acting lies has reached a fair degree of perfection in the
Green Island. But I have learnt to leave temper out in all social
judgments, and form an opinion upon a balance of all the circumstances.
I don't believe if I was on the threshold of politics in
Ireland, I could stand the sickening self laudations of some of the
agitators and press. But the other side also has its special vices,
and Home Rule must come as the lesser of two evils.
Tell Joseph I got his essay and will soon write to him. How
far advanced is he now towards his profession? Give my love to
all, and excuse the brevity of this from
Your busy & affectionate brother
P. McM Glynn
Dr. E. Glynn.