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Title: Patrick Murphy to Martin Murphy, 20 April 1878
CollectionArgentina - Murphy
SenderMurphy, Patrick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcattle breeder
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBuenos Aires, Argentina
DestinationHaysland, Co. Wexford, Ireland
RecipientMurphy, Martin
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count714
Genresending children to school, family disputes, family news, plagues, money, visiting
TranscriptBuenos Ayres

Dear Brother Martin,
I am now in receipt of yours
of 30th November and 19th December 1877, which I would have answered sooner,
but expecting since their receipt that I would be in the City
much sooner to put Nicky in College, but being afraid of
the yellow fever coming here, as it has been for some time
raging in Rio de Janeiro and Montevideo, the latter place very near
with daily communication, the weather has become much cooler
consequently the epidemic is on the decline thanks to God.
I hope you have ere this arranged with Mansfield and
you are perfectly justified in being hard with him. I never imagined
he would act so as to disrespect you so much, by trying to
forward his Bill by William without consulting you previously.
I have brought Nicky in to place him in College for some time.
I will miss him very much, as for the little time he was outside
I felt perfectly well the assistance he can afford me, even at the
present time. But that comfort I must sacrifice to his advancement
for at least one year. There is nothing he regrets more than
not having the comfort of thanking and bidding adieu to his Aunt
Margaret, to whom he particularly sends his kindest love.
Johnny I hope won't feel lonesome after their separation, and
your care and attention for such a long time, and I think
he will if inclined progress just as well at St. Peter's as any
where else, as I think the difference between such institutions
must be of little importance. Your remarks regarding the £100
was altogether unnecessary for I consider ere this, you have much
more than compensated me for the small trifle, and had I been
in a position to do so earlier it would not have been trusting to that.
Katie is in town with me also. I thought to make Nicky & she write
also, but the time was rather short. Consequently they have deferred
to a future day. They have got their figure heads taken but could
not get one finished to accompany this. But you may expect
them by first opportunity. I send you three cards of the rest
of the family. As Johnny Pender & Larry Neill are starting for
the Old Country to day, in case I see them previous to embarking
perhaps I may send them by some one of them.
Last year thanks to God was for me a most favourable one,
and this up to the present has every appearance of being the
same. I think the scale of luck has at last turned in my favor.
The only annoyance we have had was a visit of Locusts for
the four past years, which is a plague beyond comparison.
They leave behind them nothing green, not even the leaves of
trees, but they even eat the bark also. Consequently, though having
splendid trees we have been without fruit for that period.
Nicky has brought me an account of Bes Murphy's Ass being
on dying, so I think a few shillings would be a great charity
to assist her over her difficulty, and the regret she must feel
over the loss of her donkey. Will you please give her ten
shillings on my account? We are staying at Brother John's. He is
coming out with us for a few days on our return to the Camp.
I think he also intends very soon to pay ye a visit also.
I received Brother James's letter also, and I am glad to hear since
how the business has been arranged regarding his sheep, and
he may rest assured that I will spare no trouble that lies
in my power for his benefit, so that in short the sheep may
return to him again. Promised my visit this year to see you.
Must remain unfilled as the saying is man appoints but God disappoints. But yet I don't nor
can't forget the happiness it will afford me when the time arrives.
They girls send many thanks to Aunt Margaret for her presents.
I enclose the likenesses in this and
with kind regards to all I remain
your dear Brother,