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Title: Greeves, Susanna to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1827
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderGreeves, Susanna
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationshop keeper
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginDungannon, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationLake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
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Word Count1140
Genrenews of family, friends and neighbours
TranscriptDungannon 12 month [1827]

My dear sister
... it must be a great pleasure to thee to ... Mary Greeves even for some little time ... will be very sorry to hear
of the death of ... [Jonathan] Hogg. He died about the 2nd of last month ... his failure ... he only paid 6/8 in
the pound ... at Redford. James [Hogg] is to attend the farm & ... Thos & Win are in situations ... & Sally
Maria are at home and Izabella is in ... her sisters Eliza Villary ... Aunt Bettys money was in his hands ... which
fell to my uncle at het death ... Cousin Wm Greeves from the Isle of Man ... we expect my uncle and Dina over
... My uncle seems to get his health ... well as when he was at Grange ... his advanced age ... Thomas seen him
in 8th month last ... spent a week very pleasantly with them ... little patty of them went all round the island ...
provisions are Low the poor are hardly ... particularly those who cannot get work ... people seem rather in a
discontented ... different causes particularly the payment of tithes ... not getting emancipation.
Brother Wm has been ... delicate state of health this while. We were ... him going into a comsumption but
hope if... guard over him that he would get strong again ... a good deal and is very thin and slight he ... tallest
of any of the family-We ... were for several weeks under Dr Dicksons care.
Will thee be surprised to ... Ruth at last Uncle Sam ... a month ago it was.
Thos Heney & Mary ... Elizath Dawson who has been ... weakness in her back and ... her self is released from
... months ago I seen her ... she was then able to sit ... use of crutches nor ... strait, their family ... since poor
Deb by... Elizh poor Peggy looked ... not wonder she wasts ... James [Daws on] is no more: he ... [water?] ... on
his chest he was ... Physician attending ... it is well for him ... would, the night ... sit up with him nor even ...
they just got him lying in the morning as they had left him with his arms folded across his breast. He has not been
so lusty of late years as he was formerly, nor did he get his health latterly so well, every one seen a great change in
him, nor he was not in such good spirits. So Aunt Ruth will not be troubled with him now.
I think I wrote thee before that my Uncle had new modeled his house entirely: he has it very complete.
I suppose if thee was just set down in it thee would not know it, it is so altered, all but the large parlour. Thos and
Jane Hogg lives in the house the Miss Hardys used to live in and keeps a shop, (my Uncle has given it up long
since). They have no family nor is there any likely hood of them having any, and a ... [of] thy acquaintances whom
I had nearly forgot to mention is no mote: Wm Boyce who was carried off in a fever in his health and strength.
He has left his two daughters I believe very comfortable — how thankful we ought to be who has my dear father
speared to us. I may say of him that he looks very well and in general enjoys tolerable good health, which indeed
is a great blessing. When they went to Lisburn first he only took part of the house, but here lately they have got it all; not but they could have done with what room they had, only on account of Wm who had to sleep in the
shop which was not fit [fir] him. As they could not occupy it all themselves they have let... [2/3 of a page missing.]
I know thee said in one of thy letters thee would enjoy to get us husbands - but perhaps the young men out
with you are as hard to please as the Irish Gentlemen. But I would not wish thee to think that either of us is
despairing y e t - (for indeed we are not). We have got Jinney married at last to a hackler by trade: she is now Mrs
Gavan. She lives down at the Chapel, she often talks of thee; a little before she was married she had some notion
of going to America. Thomas gave her a wedding dinner and she well deserved it: she lived with him exactly 10
years, a long servitude. The girl we got was a daughter of Lydia Jinksons who is married since; and we have one
now who I think will not be likely to marry. She is about Jinnys age, a very decent quiet girl. Well I am sure when
Tinny has got married no one need ever despair.

Yesterday was christmas day, we had John and Mary over spending the day with us, also two young women who
live with them. One is a niece of Rebecca Eves' and the other young woman is from Clonmel: her name is Betsy
Buttler. She had lived with R Eves: she is very cleaver in the shop and indeed so is Margt Gillan. I never saw Mary
look better. They have not any family nor is there any sign at present. I had a letter lately from Cousin Margt who
is well, but I question [whether she will?] ever be reconciled with Mary. Susan & Anne Douglass are both living
with ... But sure poor Susey Douglass is no more: she died some time since, she got paralytic and lost her sight
and speech, I may say all at once; she lasted about a week during which time she suffered a great deal.
We frequently hear from Carlow. They were all well, the last account; sister Mary O'B expects to be confined,
I believe about 4 or 5 month - she ... better health altho' she is scarsely ever off her foot. I am sure I hope she ...
time for she had a trying time the last time she was in the family way ... [Bal]litore school and Anna at
Mountmelick... Susanna Lamb who lived with them ... [2/3rds of a page missing]
... hear from our relations in Philadelphia; only by thy letters we would be glad when thee writes to mention
about our friends there and say particularly about Uncle Morton, who I suppose will be no more before this
reaches thee. I intend to send this to Lisburn for Jane to add a few lines bur has left her very little ...