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Title: Murphy, Fanny M to Pettit, John, 1870
CollectionArgentina - Pettit
SenderMurphy, Fanny M
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBuenos Aires, Argentina
DestinationMelbourne, Australia
RecipientPettit, John
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
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Word Count428
Genredecease, wedding, family
TranscriptBuenos Aires, March 17th, 1870.
My dear Cousin,
I really do not know how to apologise for not having written for such a long time, some of my letters must have been lost for I am sure you did not receive them.
My dear Cousin John allow me to offer you my deep sympathy at the loss of your dear father. I was very sorry to hear it, I can well imagine how you feel, it is a dreadful trial to lose one’s relations even when they more remaining. But you in a distant country away from your relations it has been a hard trial but the will of God be done we must all submit to his divine will what he does is all for the best, I suppose Sally must have told you that Patrick Garrahan has been in declining health for some time past poor man. He died on the tenth of this month, it must be a blessing for his poor family for you know it is a great affliction for him to be out of his mind for such a length of time and no hopes of his recovery so of course one can’t help being sorry but on the whole we ought to be thankful that he got such a good death, about a month ago he got quite well in his head so much so that he ask for a confessor and was prepared to die for some time before he died, he had not his senses. I don’t know if you heard of the marriage of one of your cousins John Murphy he was married in September, I think you have his likeness he is now a steady old man, that is I think about the only change in the family since you got letters lasts.
My dear John I forgot to tell you that I am in town but only for a month, Sally intended writing but I persuaded her to wait as she will be in town for next month and then she can write. Much as I wanted to remind a dear cousin that I still live because if not I fear that I might escape his memory, now that I reminded you of my existence I hope you will soon write to me even if it were very short to show that I am mistaken. All your cousins join in warmest love to you. Now my dearest John receive you the warmest love of your fond cousin and sincere friend,
Fanny M. Murphy
Mr J. Pettit