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Title: McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, Ellen, 1891
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, Ellen
Recipient Genderfemale
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Partial Date
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Word Count384
Genremining business
TranscriptQueens Chambers
Pine St. Adelaide
17 November 1891
My dear Mother
Probably this will arrive in time to wish you all a Merry
Christmas and a happy new year. I got your letter a few hours ago
on my return from Broken Hill by the night's express. For the future,
I intend to attend the Courts there—about 5 every year—as a New
South Wales barrister. This was my first visit in a professional
capacity, made on the suggestion of a solicitor resident there; but it
promises to be a profitable district for me, as I had seven cases
yesterday. Broken Hill is now a place of 30,000 inhabitants. There is
another panic on in shares at present, caused by financial pressure in
Victoria and timidity as to a new method of opening up the Broken
Hill Mine, which is ruining some people, but the mine is richer than
ever. Fancy a place that was a desert ten years ago displaying now,
within its compas[s], more business energy than Dublin. It is still
more difficult for you to conceive that the town at present is nearly
run out of water. They largely depend on Stephens Creek, which,
reversing the order of Nature, has its bed over its water. The water
is got by soakage into holes dug in the sand. The mines are about to
lay pipes to the Darling, 80 miles distant I will send J. J. Madden his pedigree, which I am surprised you know so well.
The influenza has been well about here. I got a first attack about
five weeks ago, but my clerk, who acts as an advance agent or
specimen distribution for all the diseases within range of Australia,
gave it to me a second time. It was rather awkward, as he took to his
bed for 12 days, leaving me at a critical moment double work. However,
I have beaten the disease.
I have not heard from the people in the other colonies this many
a day. Hoping all are well at home, and with love to all, I am

Your affectionate Son.
P. McM. Glynn

P.S. Joseph sent the subject for theses for L.L.D. degree, but the
Influenza and other diseases having left me alone, I could not attend
before a judge to write them.