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Title: McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, Ellen, 1880
CollectionPatrick McMahon Glynn: Letters to his family (1874-1927) [Gerald Glynn O'Collins]
SenderMcMahon Glynn, Patrick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunemployed
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
DestinationGort, Co. Galway, Ireland
RecipientGlynn, Ellen
Recipient Genderfemale
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Genrearrival, family, account of Melbourne
28th Oct. '80.

My dear Mother,
You see I am here at last. I just write a few lines to enclose in
Cissey's letter; until I see more of the place and people no use writing
long [letters]. I met Johnny Walsh at Adelaide, and Aunt Grace. She
is the same old "3.4"; we had a jolly few hours together. I was
delighted to see him, as I did not expect it. Aunt Grace followed us
down to the pier and would have come on board but it was too late.
I promised to go up to Adelaide to see them when I can. As regards
Melbourne I don't know what to say. It is a wonderful city, certainly,
for its age, but not the paradise people imagine. The climate may be
very fine, but I would back much abused Ireland against it. The
variations of temperature are very great, a hot day being sometimes
succeeded by a very chilly evening; flies and mosquitos in clouds,
though the latter have not come in yet, and the dust some-times
blinding. In fact I intend to wear spectacles. The streets are all
parallel and perpendicular, so that the arrangement is good, but
though the Post Office, town hall etc. are very fine buildings, the
greater number of the houses are one storey—mere eggshells. The
lower classes or rather a set of cads called larrikens, are about the
roughest set I ever heard of. They garrot a good deal and are a
miserable looking lot of uncultivated black-guards. But I will let you
know all when I look about more, see Sir Redmond Barry who has
been out of town, and hear what the profession is like here. Some
say it is a good place if a man gets an open[ing], others that half the
barristers are hard up. I must see more. The colonists are about the
most egotistical people on earth—no place like Adelaide in Adelaide
—like Melbourne in Melbourne—like Sydney in Sydney. In my opinion there are places much better than the lot together. There
seems to be the same pride and class distinctions as elsewhere:—the
equality of the lower classes consists in absence of politeness and
deference for others very often. All my cousins are well—Fanny and
Gssey. You mistook Mr. McDonald's age, he is only 40. They all
could not be kinder. I will write you a long account by next mail,
but can only conjecture at present. Remember me to all my friends,
and with love to all, I remain,

Your affect, son
P. McM. Glynn

P.S. Try and send me out Dillon's Judicature Act. It will cost 10d.
and will be useful to me perhaps here if a bill passes—Dillon's
Judicature Act. Write to Blaquiere Snr. about my medal to forward.