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Title: Beale, Joseph Sr to Beale, Margaret, 1853
CollectionThe Earth between them_Joseph Beale's letters home to Ireland from Victoria (1852-1853) [E.Beale]
SenderBeale, Joseph Sr
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstore keeper
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
DestinationMountmellick, Co. Laois, Ireland
RecipientBeale, Margaret
Recipient Genderfemale
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Word Count759
Genresending money, savings, correspondence, bringing the rest of the family to the Colony, acquaintances
2 mo: 8th 1853.

My Best Beloved,
I wrote thee a few days since, and as the Sarah Sands remains
longer than I then anticipated. I add a few lines to say we
are all well. Dan and Js. Kennedy so far very agreable, as the
former wishes to provide for his family's weekly supply, he
desired me to enclose thee £5, and to ask thee to have the
kindness to let them [his family] have everything they may
reasonably require. I purposed sending thee £10 to buy a gown
along with the £5, but the boys disapproved of our letting anything
interfere at present with our plans, they said "Father, let
us get the horses and drays complete, and our store well supplied,
and then we can send my mother a good round sum to
help her." We enjoy good health, keep together, but as to
outward comforts, they are unknown in the gipsey life of a
tent—still when we know we are earning money pretty fast for
you at home, it sweetens down many things. We found milk
did not agree so well with us, as tea and coffee without it, and
as it was our most expensive item of expenditure we gave up
its use. I forgot in my former letters to tell thee, that the
pota toe disease [which had led to the ruin of Ireland] was never
known here. The report that it existed all the world over which
we heard ;it home, was an eroneous report. I never saw finer
potatoes than are here, but 5d pr lb is the price. I paid 33/- for a cwt (nearly £5 a barrell of 24 stone!) I sell at 5d pr lb,
so that what we use, comes in comparatively low.
I intend to write again by the Cleopatra steamer in about a
fortnight. I expect to call on Capt Thompson [of the Sarah
Sands] today, and should I meet him, will add a line to tell
thee what he says about coming out here again, sh'd he come,
or the ship be entrusted to the care of Washington Hsley, the
first mate. I do advise thee to come by the S. Sands in preference
to any other vessel, but thou must come and all the children
first class passengers—Mary Brophy and Charlotte second
class, but as thy attendants, they will have all the priviledges
of first class, except dining in the saloon.
Kiss all my flock for me, Oh I hope they are all spared to me,
and that we may be favour'd to meet in this land, where industry
has its reward.
Be sure [to] direct to care of Raleigh, Locke, Thorp & Co
otherwise I may never receive a letter, for the post office here
is exceedingly badly managed. I never rec'd a letter from any
one since I left Ireland,
My dearest and most affectionate love is to thee, my darling
—present my very dear love to sister Mary, bro'r Thomas and
all their flock and remember me very aff'y. to my old friends
and neighbours.
I am getting a set of shoes today on one of the horses, for
which I pay 20/- and the loss of his day is 30/- so thou sees
time is money here—I met a friendly man on 7th day from
Tu 11amore [Ireland, about fourteen miles from Mountmellick],
who has made his fortune o( £1000 a year nett income, he has
relinquished trade—such a man as [the Mountmellick produce
merchant] Dandy Dunphy and lives as plain. He bought some
things for me very low, less than half the usual prices. He told
me never to buy anything without calling on him, that it was
amusement for him, and that there sh'd be no charge to me
and if I was short of cash when a bargain offer'd "I have it and
it's at your service" so thou seest friends are found even here.
Farewelll May every blessing attend thee and all my precious
flock. Tell my dear [daughter] Sarah to write tor me to Eliz'th
for I have but little time for anything of the sort.
Thy ever aff'e husband
Joseph Beale.
I have just seen Capt. Thompson. On tomorrow he will decide
abt. again tom'g here or not. I shall write thee all particulars
in my next, farewell my dearest love.
[Hurriedly added:] Abraham Grubb sits near me while I write
—he and some others have been unsuccessful gold diggers—
prospects for me and our children are pleasing.