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Title: Greeves, John Sr to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1826
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderGreeves, John Sr
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen trader
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginArmagh, N.Ireland
DestinationLake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count863
GenreAnne's possible change of residence, visit from relatives, property and inheritance, family news, local economy, new house
TranscriptArmagh 7th of 2 mo 1826

My dear Ann
I recd about 10 days ago Wms acceptable letter dated 10 mo 29th last, which feltverry gratefull to me to hear that
you were all well. We forwarded the letter to Carlow and cant remember all the particulars. Wm mentions you
having thought of removing to Buffalo, & if so I hope it will be to advantage to get your children educated as I
find that schools are scarce in your neighborhood, but I hope it may be an advantage to you in many other respects.
I believe people in your land thinks but little of moving: here many of us thinks it is a weighty matter. I hope you
will be rightly guided in these respects. You had the company of Thos and Jno Nicholson for a few days: the sight of so kind friends is truly gratifying;
I am sorry that Thos never sent Susanna Douglass a statement of her property, I think it is not doing as he wd wish
to be done by. The lands left her by her brother has been taken from her by law, for a debt Wm H owed to his
brother-in-law, Hamilton Hall. I believe S.D. is sorry her affairs was put into his hands, and I have no doubt
blames me for advising the same. I wrote to Thos about 18 months ago about it but never got an answer. There
never was any legaseys under Wm. H. will, paid in this country; nor would I wish thee to receive, if offered, the
sum left thee in his will, as they are a people that I wd wish not to have anything further to do with.
Thy relatives here are mostly pretty well. I have been frequently complaining this winter with complaint in my
stomach and bowels, but is rather better. I am now got to an advanced age: if I should live to 4 mo I will be 65
years old. It seems a long time to be on the earth, and the query is how am I prepared for the next. May I for the
few remaining days endevor to have my house set in order. Since the decease of thy Dt Mother I have felt myself
verry lonely; the company of young people is so different from those that are advanced in age. Nevertheless I reel
thankfull that all my children are respectfull to me m my decline. My youngest son Wm hath come home here,
his time being in with Dan: he is got nearly as tall as I am but verry slender. I am at a loss to know what to do
with him.
Since this year commenced, the business hath got verry bad: we have by act of parliment to have the same
currency with England, which hath injured business. Many of the country people not able to understand it. The
state of England is verry bad: there is about 10 banks that have railed and consequently many of the merchants.
This country is not so bad yet but is expected that there will be many failors.
Since I wrote last we have moved to another house which is large and comodiouse: we have back yard and
office houses, none of which we had to the former. The rents here are remarkable high: we have to pay nearly eighty
pounds p year besides a fine. I suppose thou were informed of the death of sister Betty- since then brother Wm
hath let the Grange and is gone with his son Wm to live in the Isle of Man; the last acct of him he was well. Thy
old schoolmaster Wm Hooey [Hoey?] died a few days ago: he was teaching 3 or 4 days before his decease; also our
cousin James Dawson of Moyallon. He got a severe cold and was taken off in a few days (how uncertain is this
life). The last acct from Dan, the family seemed pretty well: Mary was ill mostly all summer - I expect Jane will
write more particulars. Wm did not mention in his letter of the death of his sister E [Elizabeth 'Bess'] Taylor. Such
an acct came to Carlow but did not hear the particulars]. We hear of great divisions among the Society of friends
in America: it seems that E. Hicks has the most numerous ... and that Hanna Breathweat312 is gone a second
time among you. These party divisions is dangerous and frequently the mind is imbiterd against one another,
which is out of the True Love, that we should guard against. I think I have wrote thee most of what I can think
of: the distance being so great we should strive to give all the information we could. I remain with Dr love to Wm
and the children from

thy affect aged Father
John Greeves
Be sure to write as often as thee can. Inclosed under the seal I send a 7s/7d piece of gold, which is a small token
for thy daughter Maria. Your uncle Thomas Lamb is no more, he died about 3 months ago - he was a long time