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Title: Eliza Murphy to Martin Murphy, 13 March 1879
CollectionArgentina - Murphy
SenderMurphy, Eliza
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSan Martin, Salto, Argentina
DestinationHaysland, Co. Wexford, Ireland
RecipientMurphy, Martin & Margaret
Recipient Gendermale-female
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Word Count1004
Genrefamily news / sending gifts, friends
TranscriptEstancia San Martín, Salto
Dear Brother & Sister,
As William said in his letter that I would write soon, I take this opportunity of sending you a few lines by George Furlong, who is leaving here for the old ____ in a day or two. George say he will not come here again, but I don't believe him. We heard from the children and also from John of Mag's marriage to Mr. Scallan. I don't know him but I know his brother Isaac. He is a first cousin of Bridget Jefferas. His mother was Catherine Jefferas of Bridgetown. My father knew her well. I wish them joy and happiness. Bridget is also married. She is now Mrs. Walters. I hope you are all enjoying good health, especially yourself. Are your legs any better or do they trouble you more in the winter than in summer? You must have uncommon great patience to endure so great a trial. Tell Margaret not to be killing herself working. Surely she ought to take more rest than she does. I suppose she has as much fowl as ever. We could rear no fowl this year. There is a sort of pest of foxes, lizards, polecats and every kind of animals that devour fowl and birds, so they have eat up our young fowl, and it is general all through the camp. I should have said that I received your very kind letter with William's. It was most kind of you to say so many nice things of us after all the trouble and annoyance we gave you, and all the kindness you speak of was on your side, not ours, for was not your house often almost turned upside down with us all. But sad as some of our time was, we will ever think of the part of it we spent in Haysland with pleasure. And I hope the children were good and obedient while they were with you last summer and have got more sense than they had. We had letters from them last week. They are all well the nuns say they are going on very well. Katie and Maggie are much improved in writing, but Willie is not a bit better. He does not fatigue himself writing to us as he writes about two letters in the year. The girls write every month and we are surprised that Willie don't write oftener. Lizzie has grown very tall. She has forgot nothing that she saw or heard while in Ireland. And Clemmie, though he is often delicate, he is growing greatly. He yet calls himself Minnie and have not forgot Uncle Martin one bit. And when we were in B. Ayres in the first of the new year, the poor lad thought we were going to the big steamer and off to see Uncle Martin, and it is quite a common saying with him. Perhaps we will go to Ireland next year. Baby is a very good little girl. She is not walking yet. You said tell William not to be working so hard. I think it is now he is beginning to work right. He was away for the past fortnight in Pavón, arranging the new place, for he has to be in the first and last of everything or I think the proper way of saying it is do it yourself or it will be undone. He has gone to a great deal of expense this year. I hope we will have a couple of good years to pull through. He has not been so well this year, as we think he ought after a sea voyage, and as for myself my head was never so bad as since I had the diphtheria. I really thought I would have to get my likeness taken with two or three handkerchiefs on it. Now is James Murphy and Judy give them our kind regards, also to Miss Fortune, Nick Pierce, James Furlong and all the neighbours. I hope Jemmy and family are well. William unites with me in love to them all, also to Sister Margaret and though last not least, accept yourself a double portion from us both, and believe me your affectionate Sister,
Eliza Murphy

I heard lately that William Breen was well, & also heard that he has grown very old looking. I have not seen him since he went to live to Rojas. I hope the winter has agreed with Ellen and family. Give our kind regards to them all.
D. John, I have two or three numbers of the Southern Cross, which I will take you on Sat. We got them & a handkerchief by George. No more news. All well & hope you are all the same as everyone.

Dear Sister Margaret,
George have some pocket handkerchiefs. They are not very nice, but the best I could command at short notice. I am sending Bess a beads so that I hope she will say a lot of prayers for us, and one to Mrs. Duggan and one to poor Nelly Cloake, Mrs. Duggan's girl. Bess will take them down to them. The beads are not blessed. I would have sent Ellen and Aunt a necklace but George is not taking a trunk and they could be smashed in a bag. I hope Mrs. Crosbie and family are well. Give them our kind regards, also to Mr. and Mrs. O'Connor and Mr. and Mrs. Leacey and to Kate and all the girls at Whitney, and not forgetting Mrs. Whitney herself. I saw Mr. and Mrs. William Boggan last week. They are quite well. They have sent a son to Ireland to school. Kind regards to all the neighbours, and I remain your fond sister,
Eliza Murphy

Don't forget getting your kindness and Martin's taken and send them to us. The old ones are not like you. Tell Jemmy to send us the children's also. I am sending these cartes to Jemmy.