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Title: McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, Elizabeth, 1894
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, Elizabeth
Recipient Genderfemale
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Word Count563
Genrefamily, horses, work
TranscriptQueens Chambers
Pirie St. Adelaide
November 27th 1894

My dear Elizabeth
It is not very good writing weather—for three days up to 105°
& 107° in the shade—but I must answer your letter. I was glad to
hear that your youngsters are getting on well, though it must be a
difficult matter to keep them all going. Jimmy Tyrrell was too
perfectly brought up to be a considerate man; had he learnt more of
the devil, at a safe distance, he would have done better. I suppose
there is nothing to be expected in that quarter for Kitty Tyrrell, his
1st cousin. By the way, am I not godfather to Mary Rose? I know I
stood for one of them, as my conscience was ill at ease afterwards for
some months owing to some doubts as to having been in a state of
complete grace at the time. You may be able to identify her by the
spoon I ought to have given her, but didn't, I think.
Eugene, like many others, was under a delusion, probably
induced by music and the associations of the ball room, when he
thought he was in affection, (I don't care to say love) for Miss Coles.
When he wrote to me that he was engaged and "really liked Ada",
I knew that he did not care a Rap about her, but thought he did. I would have given him my opinion for less than 6/8 that he was
bamboozling himself. The mistake he made was in not writing
asking for a release, as treating a girl coldly throws her upon her self
respect. Eugene is a good fellow at bottom, but he is just a little
rough in manner at times, though it is better for a fellow to follow his
bent and be natural, than to make a mess of the courtesies. I am
sorry the affair happened, as Miss Coles is in character and accomplishments A.l, and a girl must naturally feel depressed at a defeated
engagement. Personally, as I told Eugene, perhaps being influenced
by my principle of selection of the next big[g]est animal, I like a fair
physique, and Miss C— was of the light frame order. However, it is
better to have a mistake rectified.
My arm is getting round, but, the break being near the
shoulder, the surgical neck, it is a bit stiff yet. Cadger is a brilliant
hunter, but when he does fall, look out. I did, but it was at a road
double and the landing was on broken metal. It was bad luck, but I
took my chance. He is a great horse nevertheless, with all his 19
years. It may have been partly my fault for riding him that day hard
in front, when my left shoulder was only just out of bandages.
Times are very bad here. I could do with two clerks, & have to
keep three or throw one fellow's mother on her uppers, as they say.
I get nine Counsels' work, but there is little cash about. In getting
the Rodney men off at Broken Hill for Burning a vessel, I scored well,
making the best speech of my life.
Please excuse me now, and with love to Mother, Johnny, all
others in Gort and Tom and your dozen or two, Believe me

Your affectionate Brother
P. McM. Glynn