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Title: Nicholson, Thomas to O'Brien, William, 1819
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderNicholson, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginNYC, USA
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientO'Brien, William
Recipient Gendermale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count467
Genrecorrespondence, legal affairs,
TranscriptNew York 5th mo 1st 1819

Dear William
I send thee herewith a letter which I reced a few days since from Belfast & ship Jno Dickinson which came to Abm
Bell's address & I expect will return at 1st of 6th mo. If Anne or thee have any letters or parcels to forward it
would be an eligible conveyance & I would have pleasure in putting them under safe care here. 1 duly received
two letters from Jno Wright c/o Hector on first day last, and please tell him at any time I can be of service to him
or any of you to command me.
I have secured a second power of atty from Susanna Douglas which is better than the first & has W Murray
(Provost of Dungannon) signature to it; and I should suppose that this would be sufficient & fully satisfactory
to N. Holms, but wish to mention that in the situation I am now placed it would be out of my power to undertake
a journey to Pittsburgh. After a long period of anxiety & wandering since I came to this country I have at length
prospect of getting into business under rather favorable auspices; but as everything is not concluded I can say no
further at present & such being the case you can readily conceive that a journey at this time would be more an
injury than otherwise. Thou knows that I have to make exertions for more than myself & if energy be wanting in
these times, every thing falls to the ground. I am thus particular so that thee and Anne may understand that it is
not the will that now prevents me from setting out for Pittsburgh: to be of use in this affair wd be very gratifying
indeed, for I conceive in this strange land, we who are relations by being exiles from our native Country, as well
as by blood, should feel bound to keep up a closer intimacy than if it were otherwise. Whatever seems best in the case please write me. As you will have all the news by these letters from Ireland, I need not add anything from our letters, more than
that our friends are all generally well. I did promise to write to Anne, which I have not forgotten: my excuse is the
state of anxiety I have been in for some time past, which does not allow of much writing as one would desire. Tell
me if you intend remaining near Philad - I hope you will. Remember me affectionately to Uncle and Aunt Greeves.
My brother is just present and unites with me in dear love to Anne and thyself. I am

thy truly affectionate
Thomas Nicholson

P.S. I hope that the little one is doing well