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Title: McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, Ellen, 1884
CollectionPatrick McMahon Glynn: Letters to his family (1874-1927) [Gerald Glynn O'Collins]
SenderMcMahon Glynn, Patrick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlawyer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKapunda, South Australia, Australia
DestinationGort, Co. Galway, Ireland
RecipientGlynn, Ellen
Recipient Genderfemale
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Partial Date
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Word Count635
Genrefamily, local economy, correspondence
TranscriptKapunda South Aust.
January 4th 1884

My dear Mother
Though the time at my disposal before the close of the mail is
short it is better to write a short note at once than to wait another
week. The Xmas cards and your letters reached me just when I was
about to leave here for a week in Adelaide. Johnny's marriage was,
of course, the news of greatest moment to me. Nothing indeed, could
have pleased me better. Marian and I are old friends, as she mentioned
in the Xmas card I was favored with. I can only now wish
them both every happiness incidental to a fitting union. Let me also
congratulate Eugene on his success in passing the College of Surgeons
examination. By the time he will be a Dr. I will advise him about
emigration. This place is at present a first class field for a young
medical man—but it is filling up, and South Australia will have its
own Medical School shortly. But there is plenty of time for
consideration. Poor P. B. Tyrrell must feel the loss of Josephine very much. It's no use saying he is one of the most deserving fellows I ever met—as everyone else of his acquaintance can make the same remark of him.
I can, indeed, sincerely sympathise with him. The fates run very
Johnny Wallsh is still in town at his old Billet. It surprises me
that he does not seem to have written to you for years. I must stir
him up about it when we next meet. Lizzie has kept herself
completely unknown to me for some time, nor has Sister Bernard
written. Probably they say the same about me. Fanny McDonald is
struggling along with her boarding house, at one time writing in the
flush of hope, at another despondently about everything. Melbourne
contains a good many fellows who forget to pay their Boarding Bills.
There is a rumor current that McDonald is dead, but as yet it has
received no confirmation. A very good job for Fanny if he is, as,
though most widows out here extol the virtues of single blessedness,
probably none of them ever completely shut their eyes against
matrimony. Did you read—"An Unfortunate lover" on the back
page of the Herald of 9 & 13 November. You may not have recognised
it as an extract from my diary—with my identity concealed. The
finish is not in full accordance with fact, as Mr. Nosenberg did
return and marry the widow—after I had left for South Australia. Business has been paying wretchedly here for the last six
months. An exceptionally good harvest this year may bring some
money into circulation. At present I am unsettled, but considering
that I am not unknown now and that my work for the Herald is
worth double what I receive, a change may come soon. I could not
have come to South Australia at a worse time.
I cannot reply to James' & Elizabeth's letters by this mail, but
you might mention to James that I will remit him the amount of
Tyson's Bill by next Boat. Tyson, however, sent the very opposite of
what I wanted; but his messenger, Mr. Clancey, wrote some time ago
from Sydney to say that he thought he had lost my parcel with some
things of his. This means that he pawned the shirts etc. There are
many of these fellows knocking about. As I have started an album
on the strength of the photographs you sent me.—if there are any
spare ones of the others you might send me some.
Give my love to all,

Your affectionate Son
P. McM. Glynn

P.S. As regards the parcel from Tyson's, at present I can only
suppose that something is wrong.