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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
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count1052
Genrecorrespondence, prospects, connections, news, decease, mail, his sons doing well
TranscriptMelbourne 5/20 [1853]
My dearest Love,

Today I rec'd thy truly acceptable letters of the 18 of 11 mo.
and 22 of 2 mo. (that of 12 mo. is not to hand). Joseph and
Francis are both here and all are well— (in consequence of my
forefinger being strained by a young horse I can scarcely write).
I gave Jos'h thy letter. He has bought a horse for "Joseph and
Francis Beale". They are getting him shod, but just learning
that the "Harbinger" is detained for a day to give time to
answer the letters rec'd by two mails which have arr'd from
Eng'd I add this line. Thou need have no fear of any improper
indulgence on my part. We are all working hard to make you
comfortable, we think of opening a store at one of the diggings
from whence Jos'h has just returned, and we think that ultimately
thy residence and mine will be either Sydney or Hobart
Town, but I can tell thee more in my next. I don't owe a shilling
to anyone in the Colony except to Wm. Locke and he told
me not to repay him until I wanted no funds. I find myself
respected by the merchants here and I am thankful for it. I
now think J. and F. are provided for, for life. They can do
well with industry, and they are very industrious. I am not surprised at S.S's failure, I long anticipated it. He will do no
good here in my opinion, and we here have earned our means so truly hard, it will not easily be extracted from us. If Monordreigh
sells for as much as will bring you out, I care for no
more. If not we shall be longer separated, for we shall find the
means ultimately if life and health be spared—I write this on
a counter where I have been buying a pair of boots and find
it very difficult to do so in consequence of my finger. Joseph
has thy letters so I don't know that I have any questions to
answer. In haste for [the] mail and with fondest affection for all
Thy truly loving husband,
J. Beale
I intend to write more fully for next mail.

"A few more last words".

Melbourne 5 mo: 21st. 53.
Last night I lodged with Wm. Robinson (who keeps a boarding
and lodging house for respectable young men). After breakfast
I took my stand and waited at the P.O. window and had a
search for thy missing [undelivered] letter, which I rejoiced to
have found. I read it alone and from my heart I kissed the
memento [the lock of hair and poem you sent me]. I shall
treasure it indeed. J[oseph], F[rancis] and I have talked over
your perplexities and we shall send you £10 every month until
you leave. I feel so revived in mind since I rec'd all your
lettersl Thy 5 all to hand and all replied to by the one mail!
AH rec'd in one week, tho' five months have elapsed since the
1st to the last were written!!l Frs just came in from the country
and I have handed him Sarah's—I enquired of Win. Robinson
if he had heard anything of [my brother-in-law] Geo: Black and
he said smiling "Yes, a young friend of mine was in the
next tent at the diggings with George, who borrowed of him
£100—my fr'd is very uneasy ab't it." As thou says my letters
are only for thyself—keep this to thyself please.—Dan Kennedy
send by this mail £5 for Kitty and will send £5 by next, he
will do his part.
I am sorry to learn of Eliz'th Pirn's decease, she was a nice
young woman. I know it will be a great trial to her bro'rs and
sisters and her aged father. [My cousin] James Beale must be
in great error ab't Bi-monthly mails only, the people here never
would submit to it, but there are such numbers of sailing vessels
arriving, that every week letters can be sent, and except the
"Shanghai" and "Hellespont" steamers (which left Eng'd on
the same day) and arrived here in 64 days each, steamers have
been beaten by sailing ships (no, I believe the Harbinger was
next, 66 days), this last vessel leaves the head early tomorrow
morn'g. and the P.O. remains open until ½ past 5 this even'g
for letters by her.—Thou mentions Henry Macquillan. I asked
Win. R[obinson] if he had seen him, he said "Yes, but he died
at Sydney."—but while here we must endeavour to earn an
honestly [sic] livelihood for our children's sakes, tho' we know
our days are short and very uncertain. I believe Josh and Frs
can now do for themselves and leave my exertions with their
assistance as heretofore for the rest of the family. They have
not alter'd nor did I ever hear a murmur from either ab't their
privations. I am sure neither would return to Ireland. "The
hope of reward (I might say certainty) sweetens labour." I do
my best for them to keep them warm and :is comfortable as I
can, but I often blame them for not keeping their persons
more cleanly. I got up early one morn'g this week boiled some
water, and made Joseph wash himself thoroughly. Thou would
laugh to see how dirty he was on return'g from his journey, he
bo't however a pair of long, watertight boots for himself for
£4, and I bo't for him on his return a warm pair of woollen
cord trousers and since then a strong pair of half boots—for
Frs the same—and the same for myself. I intend rem[ainin]g
here tonight to attend meeting in the morn'g and shall then
walk out to my tent.
Kiss all the children for ine, give my very dear love to sister
Mary, bro'r T.T. P[im] and my respects to all enquiring friends.
Thy fond loving and aff'e husband

I am indeed thankful that thou and the children were all well.
I hope ere very long to embrace you all.
Thou could write "Via India" the overland mail, whenever
it sails, the newspapers will tell, enquire of T.T.P. to keep a
lock out for thee.