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Title: McMahon Glynn, Patrick to Glynn, Ellen, 1917
CollectionPatrick McMahon Glynn: Letters to his family (1874-1927) [Gerald Glynn O'Collins]
SenderMcMahon Glynn, Patrick
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationpolitician
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
DestinationGort, Co. Galway, Ireland
RecipientGlynn, Ellen
Recipient Genderfemale
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Doc. Type
Word Count562
Genrepolitics, family
TranscriptHome and Territories Department
Spring Street, Melbourne.
27th March, 1917.

My Dear Mother
I am afraid I have not written to you for too long a time, but on
more than one occasion I sat down with the intention of writing to
you in my own undecipherable hand but interruptions stopped me at
the moment.
You doubtless have heard that I have again taken office, with
some reluctance I confess. Politics are very mixed in Australia just
now. The Referendum on conscription which took place on the 28th
October and resulted in an adverse vote has split people who were
previously together in politics. There was a good deal of temper displayed
by some advocates on the platform—a want of tact and
temperance in manner and expression. The result was that the
Labour Party divided into two, the minority under the leadership of
Mr. Hughes. After some time the Liberals decided to join for the
purposes of the war with the Hughes' party. I, personally was
against this, but had to bow to the decision and was selected as one
of three managers to formulate terms, with the result that a
composite Ministry was formed, and as the Senate had a majority of
two votes against the Ministry, we took the bull by the horns and
went to the country. Next week I commence my campaign in what
was once a safe district, but has been somewhat knocked about in my
absence by those who dealt with the question of conscription. It
contains a large German population with whom I have sat on fair
relations, as, apart from the fact that I was their representative, I
have endeavoured to see that no unfairness was practised towards
them. However, except for the fact that so far as it concerns my
professional relations I am not deeply concerned. One likes success
of course, but it means continued severance, practically four or five
days every week, from one's State and home.
Mrs. Shackell writes now and then from Sydney. She is now 70
and not as vigorous as she was, though she seems to swim every
morning. Most of her friends are elsewhere. With her usual emotional
impulsiveness she wrote saying that she would have to discontinue
writing if I did not correspond oftener. As a matter of fact I must write a hundred letters a month more than she does, but her sensitiveness
resents any apparent laxity. I think when I last heard from her
I suggested that some other member of the family should write,
thinking it would please her, but female memories are not always as
retentive as yours.
Two of the children, Ellie and Dympna, are now at the French
Convent just outside Melbourne. They never would have been
satisfied had they not gone there, and after a week's experience
thought they never would be content to remain there. It is a credit to
their hearts to feel homesick. Dympna, however, was determined to
remain on, however desirous of going back. We miss them very
much, but, as you have shown us, life is a matter of vicarious sacrifice
in the interests of others.
I hope to be able to write by next post, and know you will
excuse my dictating the letter as I am very pressed to day. With love to all,

Your affectionate son,
P. McM. Glynn