Headed notepaper: LENNOXVALE, BELFAST
22nd Sep. 1893
My dear Mother,
I posted a long letter with an acct of affairs at Rio on arrival of the steamer at Montevideo. We were at once put into quarantine in the Plate, so I did not land at Montevideo, & only y’day came ashore here, as we were allowed to spend the four days on board the “Magdalena” instead of having to go to the lazaretto at Martin Garcia.
There are rumours of revolution too, with actual trouble in the provinces, & the local Radical leaders have been arrested. Consequently business is said to be at a stand-still, – not a pleasant look out. I saw MacCallum y’day, & a number of other old friends.
Julian has gone back to his old digs at Belgrano. I prefer staying in town. I have put up at a Hotel, but I am going out now to look for a room.
I felt quite sorry to leave the ship, having become so accustomed to it during the four weeks we were on board, and it is not pleasant to say good-bye to fellow passengers one has come to know so well on the voyage.
It is still very cold here, at night particularly. I had to put my rug on the bed.
The English paper announces among arrivals by the “Magdalena” the name of Mr J McClournthal.
In the present state of affairs I scarcely know what address to give you, but you had better continue writing here c/o Mr O Letzgus, Casilla 1296, subject to change of instructions by wire.
- Marin Garcia island is an island in the Rio de la Plata – where they had a quarantine station: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mart%C3%ADn_Garc%C3%ADa_Island ↵
- The Argentine Revolution of 1893, or the Radical Revolution of 1893, was a failed insurrection by members of the Radical Civic Union (UCR) against the government of Argentina: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentine_Revolution_of_1893 ↵
- James MacCallum. See Index to People ↵
- Belgrano is a northern and leafy barrio or neighborhood of Buenos Aires. ↵
- This is Ottmar Letzgus, merchant, (b 1861 Germany) resident in Buenos Aires. ↵