|McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, Ellen, 1900
|Patrick McMahon Glynn_Letters to his family (1874-1927) [Gerald Glynn O'Collins]
|McMahon Glynn, Patrick
|Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
|Gort, Co. Galway, Ireland
|birth, decease, politics
96 King William Street,
19 January 1900
My dear Mother
I, of course, get all the papers and your welcome letters, and am
glad to see from the photo that you look well. I was in Melbourne at
Xmas, Abbie & the baby—yclept "Joan", remain there, probably till
Easter. The Mrs. had a fancy for "Joan", probably from having read
of Joan of Arc, so family names were discarded. At present I cannot
say whom the child resembles. She seems to be darker than the first.
You may have heard of the deaths of poor Mr. & Mrs. Wall, within a
few hours of one another. I enclose a cutting given me by a comparative
stranger here, which explains how influenza took them off.
Lizzie, who has since shifted to Sydney, was there.
Our Ministry, which I joined with some reluctance and misgivings,
lasted only a week, chiefly through the fatuity of not giving a
little to opponents of the qualification for the Legislative Council, on
the Franchise question. It was thus a case of suicide, as Solomon only
got in by 1 vote, and on an understanding, to which I was not party,
that the rental qualification of voters should be reduced to £15. The
office seekers thus got an immediate pretext for reshuffling. The
desire of a majority was that I should be Premier, but Solomon had a
technical claim as leader of the Opposition which he would not waive. His followers were too few to enable him to move, but essential to
the success of another. They would have supported me & made a
The fact is, I never push for office and by remaining an independent
member weaken my chances. But I do so deliberately. I
have refused office early in my career.
At present, I am busy advising Western Australian Separatists.
Hoping you are all well, I am, With Love,
Your affectionate Son
P. McM. Glynn