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Title: Lina [?], Pontiac, Mich., to 'Dear Annie' [Weir?], Ireland
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationasylum attendant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPontiac, Michigan, USA
RecipientWeir, Annie
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mrs Linda Weir, Tirmacspird, Lack, Co. Fermanagh, BT93 0SA
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9906002
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 03:06:99.
Word Count711
TranscriptPontiac Nov 29 1892

Dear Annie
It is a long
time since I received your
letter but Miss Harrison told
me soon after I got it that
she had written to you and
told you all the news, so
I thought it would be useless
for me to try and write right
away after that. there has
been very few changes lately
so I do not know as I
can find much news to tell
you. Only one thing in
particular. What a difference
there is between the present
occupants of the cottage and
the ones that used to live there.
one night we went to supper
a little after 5.30, and behold:
if our table wasnt cleared away
and we had no supper. We
said nothing. Thanksgiven [thanksgiving?] I
was away so it dident [didn't?] effect [affect?]
me, but the girls went to supper
and there was no turkey simply
pork, how was that for meaness [meanness?]
I am mean enough but I
never made a man go
without his supper.
Miss Green was discharged a few
days ago, did you know her.
Mrs Layton reported something
she did. Oh Yes, You cant
imagine how nice Mrs
[Levison?] is she is at the
cottage and is just as nice as she
can be they feel very much
encouraged now with her case
You dont talk very encouraging
about coming back here. I am
afraid you intend to settle
down over there on the other
side of the water.
Mr [Blair?] has given up all hopes
of getting Miss Dodd. he dont
say any thing about her latly [lately?]
the boys plagued him most to
death. Well Annie. You remember
I told you the time would come
when they would speak to me about
not reporting. I have to do it
now, at first it was awfully
hard but I dont mind it so
much now. if the girls break
the rules they can take the consequences
a few got angry at me but have
got over it [once?] again.
Well Annie I am going to
continue this letter although
it is now the 9 of Dec. Nothing
of any note happened except the
graduating exercise last night
which for show was grand
but rather a fraud I think as
there was none of the graduates
took part, simply the Physicians
and Trustees took part, and
Miss [Vinten?] sang Old Guss played
and there was Orchestra from
down town played sweet
music. Teddie did his best
in flower decoration and [indeed?]
it was a grand affair. after
the Exercises were over Dr and
Mrs Burn Received the class and
their friends in their rooms on
the 3d floor were [where?] refreshments
were served. Well Annie, Mary
[Parmen?] has a friend, Mr Potter
the one with the big [nose?]. he took
her to Church and to the exercise
it is only a week old but I guess
well [we'll?] continue to hold just the same.
Miss Harrison changed her name
neither has Mrs McFarlin but there
seems to be hopes for them both.
I am the only one left, like the
last leaf on the tree.
Yes we get along very nicely here
at the cottage. Well what are your
prospects for coming back to the
U.S. do you think you will come
or are you going to settle in the
Old country. Fannie Night: is on
the road, I guess that is what
makes her so awfully mean.
Well about thi [the?] patients. Mrs [Nickhas?]
is in hall C. doesnot [doesn't?] do much harm
but is as silly as ever. [Mrs?] [Shelp?]
still wrings her hands and asks
for the kind lady with thi [the?] lantern
to let her out. I dont know of
any more news to write so I
will close hoping to hear from
you soon. So you got an
invitation to G [Wards?] wedding
and your hat was nice and
I am so glad to hear Belle
got through her trouble all
right. Do you like it back
there in your old home
as well as in this country
of course I know home ties have
a good deal to do with it but
I thought you would
sure come back here
Write soon
I am ever your loving
friend Lina