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Title: William Murphy to Martin Murphy, 23 June 1867
CollectionArgentina - Murphy
SenderMurphy, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcattle breeder
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSan Martin, Salto, Argentina
DestinationHaysland, Co. Wexford, Ireland
RecipientMurphy, Martin
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count861
Genreproblems with passages, family
TranscriptSan Martín, Salto

Dear brother Martin,
This day yours of the 7th May came to hand and I am very sorry to hear of you been caged up again with your leg. But I hope by the time this reaches you that your will be up and strong. Through Father Reville we heard of your illness and of Bess having a young daughter &c. Now as to the passengers per La Zingara I suppose John has already made you acquainted of all the passages been paid and I think that Royden should have had account of same, if not through negligence of his agent here, at whose office I called twice without seeing him, and finally had to leave the money with Messrs. Barry & Walker for him. This was in January within 2 months and five days from the arrival of the La Zingara. I think Captain Stocks is much to blame in the affair, as he should know us by this time, and a word from him I think would have been sufficient when Kate Cormack and Anne McGrath came. Captain Sanders received the amount from Mr. Allison, a particular friend of Royden's agent, and without any order of mine more than his knowing me, John would have settled with Stocks. But he only seen him once while in towne. This finally takes place generally after a call in Stock's. Should I meet him when I go to towne next month, I shall know more of the business. Not that the passengers not coming is my disappointment to me, but I consider it rather too smart of Royden & Son. I note your remarks as to Stafford and Hays and I am rather glad of their not coming. In the first, any man who can make a decent living in Ireland can have a shilling when in need would think little of this country, especially this class of people who have no ambition of ever bettering their situation (such as Jem Moore). Mr Roche speaks very well of Hays, but from what you say of his going through the farmers working at his trade, I consider he would be rather too dry & comfortable for this country. So we will leave him for the present. With this note Eliza writes to her uncle about a first cousin of hers, so that in case he approves of his coming he will let you know. If not I will leave it entirely to you to choose one, for you should by this time be as capable of doing so as ourselves. Don't object to a man for having a little pride or spirit, which too many of our countrymen are short of. And think nothing of stooping to little mean actions. Let them not come here to avoid hard work or with the impression of making a fortune in a few years and returning, ([like] John Cullen) but to meet the world as if meets him on with a determination on his part to do his best to advance himself. I think it would not be out of place in asking intended immigrants what their prospects would be on leaving Ireland. For these come-day go-days contented with a full belly and Sunday for themselves to meet and chat of their neighbours had better remain at home. You can show down Micky Pierce as an example. He has I think sent home upwards of £120 and is in a join way to independence. Also, old Frank Whitty, who can now ride a good horse and go where he please. But I expect you are twice of this nightmare. John is married and has got the best figure of a wife, and the tallest in all Salto partido, or perhaps all the camp (rather strong talk but true), and one whom I have no doubts will make him happy. The above allusion to Mrs. John will not hope had you to think Mrs. William far behind her. No. My Katy is now 2 years & 8 months old, & always in mischief. The little fellow 10 months, not yet walking but very fort and healthy. For myself I am as gray as men who might be my father but thank God I enjoy good health, and I hope this will find you, dear brother and sisters and all friends enjoying same. Eliza joins in wishing to be remembered to all friends and [torn] Same from your affectionate [torn] brother,

William Murphy.

PS: Perhaps I will write from B. Ayres next month, but don't you put yourself to the least inconvenience in sending out any one.
Receipt from Mayglass Parish, 5 July 1867
[text in italics is hand-written, otherwise text is printed]

Barony of Forth,

Parish of Mayglass N° 2 Townland of Crosstown
Received this 5th day of July 1867, from Mr. Martin Murphy the Sum of £--:4:8 being the amount of County Cess payable by him presented at Spring Assizes 1867, being at the rate of 8d. per Pound on £7:0:0 value, for GEORGE W. OGLE, High Constable, £--:4:8 Nicholas Fortune, Collector.