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Title: McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, Ellen, 1888
CollectionPatrick McMahon Glynn: Letters to his family (1874-1927) [Gerald Glynn O'Collins]
SenderMcMahon Glynn, Patrick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationpolitician
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKapunda, South Australia, Australia
DestinationGort, Co. Galway, Ireland
RecipientGlynn, Ellen
Recipient Genderfemale
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Word Count549
Genrefamily, work, mining business
TranscriptKapunda S.A.
25th [March] 1888

My dear Mother,
On taking up the paper I find there is a mail tomorrow, and
having half an hour to spare before going to the Doctor's—my only
place of abandon here—I will devote it to a reply to your letter. Indeed,
whenever I receive a letter from you and am reminded of the
self denying kindness with which you always devoted yourself to us, I
feel ashamed at not writing more regularly. I was indeed very sorry
to hear of poor Patrick Tyrrell's death—it seems such a quick change.
I will either write or mention it to Cissey. As for Fanny, she has
many palliatives. She married again only after serious pressure to a
young fellow—of excellent character—who, such is human nature,
became hopelessly attached to her. There may have been improperly
met, but nothing frivolous. It is possible I may be in Melbourne this
week. I am seldom at home now, owing to the number of speeches
and lectures I have to deliver. On Patrick's day I lectured at
Kapunda, & at different places four nights in succession last week.
This sometimes means covering a lot of ground. For instance, on
Wednesday I drove about 75 miles, lectured and attended a ball,
starting off again next morning to lecture about 150 miles nearer
home. The most—in fact only—tiresome business connected with
lecturing is, having to talk in the intervals to deputations who attend
in all kindness, but one gets tired of interviewing.
The week before last I went to the famous Barrier Ranges, where
the celebrated Broken Hill Silver Mines are. There is a growing town
of 10,000 where 4 years ago a shepherd or two only lived. My all is
in mines, waiting for a further boom. The shares I advised John to buy are being sold at £2/10/ - premium, but of course I only made
the suggestion in case there was any money available. I would not
advise any one to buy British Blocks higher than £7. If I had the
command of £1000 two years ago, I would be worth £20,000 now.
But as it is, in six months or so I may be able to clear a few
If it was not for the constituents, I would set up in Adelaide. To
progress in law here is impossible, & it is really the mining investments
that enable me to keep decently going. A young fellow wants
me to take him as an apprentice, which probably I will. Then I
should open an office in Adelaide, keeping on this for connection
sake. If I could get a really good partner, it would be better, as the
position I occupy with the public does not leave much time for the
drudgery of office work.
Johnny Wallsh is still in Melbourne, clerk to the Electric Light
Company, & fairly contented. I tried to marry him once to antiquity
and money, but he is a greater connoiseur than myself. I was very
glad to find that James' novel was a success. He must not mind,
except for advantage, unfavorable criticism, as tempers differ.
Eugene's testimonials reflect great credit on him. With love to you
all, I am

Your affectionate Son
P. McM. Glynn