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Title: Greeves, Jane to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1825
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderGreeves, Jane
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhelps in family business
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginArmagh, N.Ireland
DestinationLake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
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Word Count1056
Genrenews of family, friends and neighbours
TranscriptArmagh 5th month 9th 1825 2nd day night

My dear Sister
We have been anxiously looking out for a letter from [thee] this long time but none has arrived yet – though there has been several vessels from New York lately. I wrote thee some [time] ago enclosed in a box which I hope you have got safe, as I know they would be useful to you. I often, very often, wish I could get a peep at you all
sitting round the fire - what a great change since I saw you last - you are now surrounded with your dear children
who I trust are and will be a comfort to you. I dont wonder thee thinks bad of having them buried as it were in
the woods - but I hope they will not always be so. However you have less anxiety on their account - they are
exposed to very few temptations and live a very innocent life, which should be a consolation to you For here it
seems almost impossible to be as good as we ought to be - there is so much to take off our attention - but I know
it is our own fault.
I suppose thee heard that little Alice Midkiff lived with the girls in Dublin: she has been very ill these two
weeks past and her recovery is very doubtful at present. It is something of an incarnation in her bowels – but is not just that - is the matter with her. My Aunt Alice is up staying with her at present: she is in a sad way about her. Poor child, I hope she may recover- she was very useful to them – she staid constantly in the shop since Elizabeth’s marriage. John and she are doing pretty well. : they have a fine young son, whose name is John Joshua Walpole, he is about 6 months old and thriving finely. Elizabeth is a very nice nurse, I understand Mary and Margaret are getting on pretty well. Martha McMeekin still lives with them - no talk of any of them going to be married. Mary Culomore, Jonathon Hoggs niece who has lived with them this long time, is to be
married on fourth day week to John Murphy of Belfast - I suppose thee remembers him, for he is a long time on the walk. It is said she is the 13th young woman he has asked for – and this is the second time for him to ask for her. He is reckoned to be worth £20,000, and money seems to be everything nowadays. The wedding is to hold at Jonathon's and the young people309 will have great fun, I suppose. Eliza Pirn [nee Hogg] and her little daughter went through here on their way to Belfast to be at it-both she and the child are very delicate and the Doctor thinks the country air will be of use to them. I only seen Eliza once to speak to her since she was married: she is quite a fine lady now.
I was in Moyallon a few weeks ago and all our friends there are fairly, and a great many of them were asking
for thee and when we had heard from thee - so I may say with truth "tho' absent thee is not forgotten". Moyallon
is as handsome if not handsomer than ever- my heart still warms to it - many a pleasant day thee and I spent in
it. I wonder if there is any chance of us ever being in it together again - it is w... [wrong?] to repine so I will hope
for the best. Without content there is no pleasure in this life, so we should endeavour to be so with whatever lot
is assigned to us. We had a letter a few days ago from my Uncle Saml telling us of Jane Sinton's marriage with
Thomas Hogg, which surprised us very much as it was not at all expected - thee may remember Thomas, he used
to buy horses for my Uncle. I really wonder at her taking him but I expect he will make her a good husband. I am
sure I dont know what my Uncle will do for a housekeeper now. Aunt Debby went to see them married-my Aunt
looks uncommon fat and well — think I never saw her look better than the last f saw her. She says she never was
more happy in her life and indeed she has all the appearance of it.
I still miss my dear Mother greatly, but I am so constantly employed that I feel her loss less than I otherwise
would do; but I still feel as if I wanted something, which will never be supplied. My Father looks finely and gets
his health as well as could be expected for his years. John is quite stout now: he has not had an attack of his old
liver complaint this long time. He is very attentive to business and we are getting on pretty well. I like living in
Armagh very much it lively.
This is written very badly: I hope thee may be able to make ... [it out?]. I suppose it will be a long time before
thee receives this but I know ... will be acceptable. I hope all the children are well - Maria must be a great help
and comfort to thee. Oh! how delighted I would be to see her and indeed you all. Brother William must be greatly
changed, working so hard and living so much exposed to the sun — it is a blessing that his health is preserved.
I am sure I dont know what you would do if anything was the matter with him - he is a most valuable man.
Please to give my dear dear love to him, and Maria and Joseph. I hope you call the youngest John as I know it would
gratify my Father. I hope we will soon have a letter from you now - it seems a long time since we heard from you.
It is late, so I will bid thee adieu and blieve me my dear Anne as ever

thy truly affectionate sister
William O'Brien

Cataragus Creek
Angola Post Office County of Erie
State of New York America