|Title:||McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, Joseph, 1890|
|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||literature, politics, family|
|Transcript||Pirie St. Adelaide|
Oct. 17th 1890.
My dear Joseph
After a time one gets so careless about the world's opinions
though perhaps that is only as long as they are not deservedly
adverse, that I forget to give evidence of my continued existence
by sending papers home. However, you will have a few by this
mail. I need scarcely say how glad I was that you succeeded
with the B.A. To expect honors when office, law, and other matters
had to be attended to, would be too much. An apprentice I
have, though smart enough, especially in racing and petticoat matters,
can scarcely get through his intermediates with two tries and
plenty of time on hands. I read your essay on Burke with pleasure. Like Carlyle he is one that cannot be imitated, but there is a
Miltonic grandeur of diction and thought about Burke that elevates
the reader. Perhaps sometimes you may be able to get hold of,
or the loan of, Matthew Arnold's Essays. These in criticism, or
the little Book on Celtic Literature, is well worth reading. His
style is very pure. Spend a shilling sometime on Imaginary Conversations
of W. S. Landor — Camelot Series. I almost forgot to
mention Arnold's poetry as better even than his prose.
The Kapunda Herald articles — 2 a week -— keep my hand in
and pay for the hunters, and invitations to lecture come in pairs.
Though not in Parliament, I still am a member of Royal Commissions.
Yesterday I was chosen one of three to go to Victoria
and N.S.W. to try and settle, or bring about a Conference to settle,
inter-colonial River questions. Had I been in Parliament this time,
I would have been appointed to the Australasian Convention to
draw up the Federal Constitution — but the Gods willed otherwise,
or rather the beery electors.
It is a pity Eugene, if he intended to come out, did not start
before, as another Dr. whose place he might have anticipated —
Benefit business equal to at least £300 a year to start with — has
settled here. But I may set him right. This is a very poor place
for lawyers, but Doctors get on beyond their deserts. The elections
almost crippled me, but I value life little now, and as long as I
can keep a hunter to carry me over 1000 4 feet solid fences per
season, I can drag on.
I suppose James' new novel has not seen the light yet. His
wishes that the world were otherwise make him see others in too
cynical a light —but his heart is right. A little more humor,
which is the same as charity, would be healthy. I might mention
— for Style, in the way of Strength and Freedom — Hawthorne's
Scarlet Letter is a model. It is procurable from the vulgar Cole.
Well with love and remembrances to all
Your affectionate Brother
P McM Glynn
J. A. Glynn, Esq.