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Title: Comber, Patrick to Comber, Jane, ca. 1866
CollectionOceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]
Yearca. 1866
SenderComber, Patrick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationgold-digger, schoolmaster
Sender Religionunknown
OriginVictoria, Australia
DestinationCo. Clare, Ireland
RecipientComber, Jane
Recipient Genderfemale
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Word Count391
Transcript[Wangaratta, Victoria, circa 1866: first sheet missing]

So—poor Aunt Russell is gone. I was not surprised because I always
knew she was not long for the world—God be with her—I hope she
is in a better life, she deserves to be at any rate. And William Carmody
and his mother are taking their long rest in the chapel yard—When I think
of old times, in my own School days and think of friends & companions
so widely dissevered—some by the wide ocean and others by the wider
barrier of the grave, it makes me melancholy enough. But—I Know the
world well by this. There is scarcely a hue in the broad curve embraced by
its ups & downs that is not familiar to me although I am very young. And
I can always console myself, by recurrence to my short but bitter experience
of life—we are all on a preparatory stage for another life, and our ills and
woes in this world must be met with a bold and fearless face either to
conquer them or if that is beyond our reach, why the common and only
alternative of man remains.
It gave me pleasure to hear that crops were good for last year, the
poor old country wants some thing to Keep it from being entirely depopulated
I cannot send you my photograph by this mail as there is no chance
of getting it done at present in Wangaratta. Sharry is removed from Beechworth—
he is now in Geelong. I saw him about a fortnight ago, when he
was going down by coach, to Melbourne. He & Mrs Sharry are very well. You did not mention how my fathers health was. I expected him to write
a few lines to me. I did not hear from any of the Combers in Geelong this
time past. I will write to Mary soon. The saddling is a good trade for
Michael. It does splendidly in this country. How is my grand mother &
uncle James. Remember me to all friends—with Kind love to my Father &
brothers and Sisters
I remain your affectionate Son
P Comber

I am sending you a Wangaratta paper. The letter marked is mine. Write
by next mail.
Patrick Comber
Dont forget sending Clare Journals.