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Title: McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, James P., 1891
CollectionPatrick McMahon Glynn: Letters to his family (1874-1927) [Gerald Glynn O'Collins]
SenderMcMahon Glynn, Patrick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlawyer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAdelaide, South Australia, Australia
DestinationGort, Co. Galway, Ireland
RecipientGlynn, James P.
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count421
Genrepolitics, family
TranscriptQueens Chambers
Pirie St. Adelaide
February 23rd 1891

My dear James,
I owe you a letter and must now discharge the debt. Matters are
in a pretty mess in Ireland, though by no means worse than has been
the case in other countries under similar conditions. You may make
up your mind for it, that five sixths of politicians are humbugs,
whatever be their nationality or creed. Gladstone can persuade
himself that he believes in anything, but the man's life has been a
model of consistency and devotion to principle compared to Disraeli's,
the man whom the stupidest party the world ever knew, the Conservatives
of the last fifty years, worshipped. Ireland is certainly the
playground of quacks, conservative, liberal and nationalist. The Unionists, by their selfish stupidity, have made Legislative integrity
next to impossible under conditions that poorly admit of anything
I have written a pamphlet on the Murray question, which others
understand. I will send you a copy when republished from the
Newspapers. Last week I declined to stand for a vacancy in the
Legislative Assembly & this week to become a candidate for the
Upper House.
Eugene has gone to Kapunda. If he starts there on his own
account, he can make money on my connection—but he is at present
assistant to Dr. Hamilton. Hamilton may require him not to
practice when they sever, but I told him not to make such a fool of
himself & I hope he won't. I only can suffer, in diminished friendship
with Hamilton. Eugene seems honest, intelligent, and prudent
tie is a bit unsophisticated—somewhat coarse-grained from the point
of view of sensibility, but we are what we are. I think he will be
popular among his patients, and the necessity of the strife here will
knock out of him any possible traces of the—shall I call it, passivity
of_ his early years. I think what you noticed in him, so far as it
exists, was due to absence of self-consciousness and a little lack of the
ideal. But we are not all dreamers.
How is your second book getting on? I suppose you have some difficulty with the publishers. I see the O’Donnells have begun to
exemplify Malthusianism. I must try & scrape [together] a few
pounds for them-but my demands here on all sides are numerous.
I find that to be too liberal in donations is to destroy gratitude.
Hoping to hear from you soon, I am,
Your affectionate brother
P. McM. Glynn
J. P. Glynn Esq.