|Title:||Sinton, Mary to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1821|
|Collection||The Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]|
|Origin||Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland|
|Destination||Smithsville, Niagara Co., NY, USA|
|Recipient||O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne|
|Genre||family news, neighbours, friends|
|Transcript||Dungannon 8th month 1st 1821|
My dear Anne,
Although thee is so much in my debt, when Thos. was so kind as to offer me a corner of this I did not like to refuse
it. I am very much pleased to hear you are so comfortably settled in your new habitation and also hope you may
find it to answer, so that you will not have to make ... until you have a fortune made and comes over to see us
once more, which I would kin hope will one day or other be the case. It is a long time now since thee wrote to
me - 2 years this month - I really am almost huffed, but I cannot chink of writing a scold to thee, and thee at such
a distance from me. But I am sure thee will own that 1 have a good right to be huffed and not write to thee.
I suppose thee will be surprised to find I am here - I came to Moyallon five weeks before the yearly meeting -
I begged to be let stay in Dublin till after the mg. but Dr Perceval wd not allow me at all to stay. 1 had a very bad
cough all winter, and was bled and blistered for it which with living low left me very weak indeed. But since 1 came
to the North my cough has almost gone, and thank goodness 1 am finely now except that my head has been poorly
since the warm weather came in, but is better this week altogether. I was in Armagh all the time thy father was
away and was very sorry leaving it. Thy mother is so cheerful and pleasant and John and Jane were so affectionate
and kind to me. It affords me very great pleasure to see John was comfortably fixed and doing so well: and indeed
he is deserving of it, for he is very attentive to his business and is very much liked in town. So is Jane and although
... in short it is time for me to say something about home now.
Martha McMeakin has been with the girls since I left home. It happened very well for us that she had left the
place she was in, and was to have spent a few weeks with us before I had any idea of coming to the North. So she
stayed on with them. We are just going on in the old way; business does tolerable well - it is better this year than
last. We are in hopes to getting 10 pounds off the rent and are waiting for that till we get the hall thrown into the
shop and have a counter at each side, which everyone seems to think will be better, for it looks too much like a
wholesale wareroom now. I suppose you saw the way it was situated.
Wm [the writers brother) is doing very well indeed and has as sweet a little daughter I suppose as thee ever saw.
Wm. was in the North at the yearly meeting, for the first time since he has left it.
I have left a bit of my room for John to write, so I think there will be great variety in this letter. Many an hour
Jane and I have spent talking of you both and of the happy days we spent together. I have been a great rambler
since I came to the North. I was at Milton two or three days. Thee may be sure Thos. and I were speaking of the
time thee and I were there last. Susannah has told thee all the news, so that I dont seem to have any left. Thee has
heard ere this of Wm Doyles marriage and I am told there is no sign of any family. His brother James had applied
for Sally Walpole and is likely to get her. I suppose you have heard about the Kings209 interned visit to Ireland.
He is expected very soon now: it will make a stir in Dublin. I don't expect to be home in time to see him.
I am to go to Moyallon to-morrow, not to be here again till the quarterly mg., if I stay so long in the North.
I heard lately that Lucy Thompson had a son - and Mary lives with them. I did not hear what Joseph [Thompson]
is doing - but I believe he was very sorry for leaving Ireland. I don't think there is one of them so happy as Sally:
John [Waring] makes her an excellent husband. James & Hannah are living in Francis Street, I believe doing pretty
well. M. [Mary] O'B. misses H. very much - we had A. [Anna] O'B. Jr. for two weeks last winter. We were very
sorry parting with her: she is a great favorite of mine,
I suppose Susannah told thee about Maria Malcomson. Her Aunt was talking about her when I was at Moyallon.
She is in very great trouble on her acct. She says Maria wished very much to go to America and thinks she will be
bitterly disappointed if he does not take her, as he promised to do.
I never heard whether thee got my letters or not. I wrote twice to thee since I got a letter from thee. Now I hope
thee will write to me soon. I won't write again till thee does. I have a shocking pen. With dear love to Wm. and
thyself, I remain my dear Anne
thy very affectionate cousin