|Title:||Greeves, John Jr to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1821|
|Collection||The Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]|
|Sender||Greeves, John Jr|
|Sender Occupation||linen trader|
|Origin||Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland|
|Destination||Smithsville, Niagara Co., NY, USA|
|Recipient||O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne|
|Genre||family, daily routine|
|Transcript||Dunngannon 8th month 2nd 1821 5th day night|
I wrote to thee once before thou left Philadelphia and I never heard whether thou received my letter or not. If thou
did it was not answered, I may tell thee. I am living in Armagh with rather, my sister Jane and Jane Courtney servt.
maid. I like it much better than Dungannon. Father sticks close to the shop, indeed he seems too much taken up
with business which is doing pretty well. Since father and mother came to live with us we go oftener to Richhill
than to Grange meeting which Jane and I don't like so well. I need hardly tell thee we keep a horse and Jaunting
car, as does Thos. of late. I ride in the morning when I can rise in time. I am just the old sixpence - thin as a Grid
Tron, smokes my pipe regularly with mother but have quit the snuff. I of course see all thy letters and am glad thou
art so contented so far from thy friends, but indeed they (although they may add to our pleasure) cannot make
us contented. Nothing but a good conscience will ... often thought (although I wd. like to be near my patents)
that I could live ... with one that I like even as far separated from my friends as thou art... Wm. I often think of
he and thee. I pay him, he has so much to do but although I have not such hard work to do as him I think I am
as long at work in the day as him. I rise say ½ past 7 and I may say am never in bed till 12 and sometimes one.
I attend in Dungannon every market day and mostly goes home the same night. I have little room to write and little time, as Thos. and I intend starting before 5 o'clock in the morning for Belfast. So must conclude with love
to Wm. and the little ones.
Thy aft. brother,
I wish thy next letter would be directed to me and I promise thee I will write thee a long plain written answer, not
as this letter is crossed and treble crossed. Father, mother and Jane desire me give their dear love to thee. We ate often
talking about you in Armagh, mother in particular and often wished you were home. Adieu. I must have done.