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Title: Comber, Patrick to Comber, Jane, ca. 1865
CollectionOceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]
Yearca. 1865
SenderComber, Patrick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationgold-digger, schoolmaster
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
DestinationCo. Clare, Ireland
RecipientComber, Jane
Recipient Genderfemale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count503
Genreemigration, adversity
Transcript[Brisbane, circa 1865: first sheet missing]

. . . in mind you can do twice as well in Ireland as you could possibly
do in Q-------land. There are some families from about Ennistymon out here
who would give all they are worth to be back again. Michael Kean and his
family are living here in Brisbane. I have visited them a few times. He
desired me to remember him to you & my Mother.
My dearest Mama
I hope this letter will find you all in good health. You were saying in your
last that my Father was bad from Rheumatism. It pained me verry much
to hear that he was still suffering from it but I hope he is better by this.
Ned Thyne & his family are living in Ipswich about 20 miles from
here, I will see them please God on tomorrow. Michl Herbert & Austin
Carrigg live there also. I met Austin Grady & Michl the other day here in
town. They are in good health and doing well.
My dear Mother
I Know that you are thinking me very ungrateful at home not to have sent
home some money or sent for any of my uncles family since but God
Knows it did not lie in my power to do it as I would wish and another
thing I dont think that I would be the means of bringing anyone to Australia.
It is such a miserable place and still people at home will not believe
it. They imagine that money is easily had here until they experience it and
then they begin to curse themselves for ever coming out. There is not a
person in this country but has to work for their living. There is nothing
like money to be made in it. Father Devitte my old college companion is a
priest in town, an[d] one or two more of the boys. So you see that I have
some to talk to.
How are all my Brothers & Sisters and friends. I often wish to see
you all again which I will please God if we are [words lost: ?all spared] for
it. Is John still in [word lost]. Make him write to me this time. Mary never
sends me a line—at any rate we never pulled well and I suppose she has
an old spite for me. Do not forget to tell me how poor "Dowdle" is in
your next is he fond of fishing now. Do not forger Dear Mother to give
trades to all of them. Is little Bid in good health? Tell me how my Aunt
Russell is & also my grandmother. You would Confer a great favour by
sending the portrait of yourself &c my father to me in one to me by next
post, if you can, and I will send mine the post after. Do not forget [words
lost: ?to write] at once. With sincere [word lost] affection I remain Dear
Your affectionate Son
P Comber