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Title: Greeves, John Sr to O'Brien, William, 1820
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderGreeves, John Sr
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen trader
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginDungannon, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationCattaragus, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien, William
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfather-in-law - son-in-law
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count797
Genrefamily news, bad state of local economy, social event
TranscriptBernagh 7 mo 10th- 1820

Dear Wm
Anns Letter to Dan came duly to Hand and we were sorry to find that thou had been so Long confined and so
Very ill. I think thou must be Extremely weak from the Loss of so much Blood. It was a happy circumstance that
you Happened to be in so agreeable a place as Brother Jacobs. I Hope you have long Ere this arived at your
Destined place, Cataracus Creek on the Banks of Lake Erie. We are anxiously looking for a Letter Dated from
that place. We have forwarded a small Box of Wearables which came from Dan: it goes in the Jno Dickinson
Bound to New York. It is to be left in the care of A Bell and waits there for thy order. We would have sent some
tilings also, but Thos being in Dublin and the time so short that we could not Have them Ready before the vessel
would sail. Mary McDonnell intends going in said vessel along with A Bell's son who was at [his grandfather]
Jas Christys: the latter died in Spring Last [January 5, 1820] and consequently they wished the child home.
John has given up the Grocery Business owing to the Bad proffirs & obliged to give so much credit, that on
the winding up of his affairs there will be a considerable Loss. He has taken a house in Armagh and is going to
follow the Business that he was Bred to. We are Busily Employed striving to get him settled. I Expect he will
commence in about 2 weeks from this. How it may do is hard to say: Armagh is a Great Market But Business is
Dull, owing to the Verry Low price of Linnens. I suppose Thos wrote to you that Wm. went to Carlow for some
time and Anna is here, indeed she is fine company for her Grandmother. She is a very witty child and is not much
Trouble. In your last Letter Ann mentions that your Little one thrives well, but not able to go alone. Thy mother
is frequently poorly but hath not the Violent attacks so frequently in her stomach. She complains of Inward
weakness, something Like the Christ)- family. I Expect Thos hath informed you of J C Death: he was a Long time. Never kept his Bed untill the Last Day: he was opened and his Liver Greatly affected, it being out of the power of Medicine to be of use. His circumstances was not so well as people Expected, however they are going on with
the Business as usual. I Have Been very poorly this some time with my old Complaint, the Rheumatism. I was
Getting pretty fat During the spring but it is fast going away. However I have no cause to Murmur - still able to
stir about.
We have not Heard much of Thos Nicholson. I
suppose he and his brother is Busy farming on the Banks
of the Susquehanna River. Have you had any word from
him, is he likely to get S Douglass Money or Likely to
pay Ann her Bequest? Money here is verry scarce. Most
of all the Banks in the South bath failed. Lately I believe
9 or 10, as also the Bank of Alexander & Co in Dublin.
There has been a very Great Run on the Belfast Banks
but they Have stood their ground. Many people in the
South hath Lossed their all. I understand Dan came off
pretty safe, having but free Notes on his hands, but
believe Business hath suffered a Good Deal in Carlow as
well as in Munster. There was a Letter Lately from J G
Greeves Mentioning that Business was very hard at N
Orleans and but Little prospect of it getting better. Our
Queen has Lately come to London and there is a Great
fermentation about her. It is thought she will be
brought to Tryal for her conduct abroad, which she much
wishes for. She Demands all her Rights as Queen, and
Government wd wish she wd Live abroad on a pension
of 50 Tho'sd a year, which she will not accept of untill her
caracter is cleated of the many foul charges Laid to it.
How it Tur[n] out is hard to say: she hath Many
Adherents who think Her an Injured Woman.
I think I have wrote thee what I ... of things here but
if Thos is home in time it is Likely he will write by the
same conveyance. I Remain with Dr Love, which thy
Mother Joins, to Ann & child

thy affct Father
John Greeves

For Wm Obrien, Care of Jacob Taylor
Cataracus Creek on the Banks of Lake Erie
State of New York America