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Title: Sinton, Joseph to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1829
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderSinton, Joseph
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginWilkesbarre, near Philadelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationLake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count715
GenreQuaker meeting, news, work
TranscriptWilksbarre, June 29th 1829

Dear Ann
Methodist Conference being held here, I have this day met with a preacher from your settlement and, as letters
by mail are so uncertain, I take the chance to say that we are all in usual health & jogging on much as usual &
business rather improving. I have had no letter from thee since the one thee wrote in May or June last, so that I
dont know whether my answer thereto reached thee. I was in Phila in April and at yearly meeting, & M Greeves
said she had not had a letter from thee for a long time - I forget how long: all the family seemed anxious to hear
from thee.
The yearly meeting was rather an unpleasant one as there are two parties and since the yearly meeting the new
lights have had a meeting and seem inclined to declair independence. I dont know exactly how far they mean to
separate but they had a meeting early this month, I hear, and are to have another in the fall, a sort of yearly meeting
of their own, I believe. I am glad I am out of the reach of parties for I think there will be many difficulties to get
over and probably some suits about the property, which is very valuable.
I dont know of much alteration here in respect to the town, which to be sure continues to improve, and which
I think will improve more as a law has been passed for making a canal along the margin of the river up to the
N.York state line. When this is completed to this place it will no doubt give a start to everything.
Doctor Covell died last winter but what will surprise thee more, Jane McCoy was married to J. Green, an
Englishman who carries on the shoe-making business here. He is a man who has good property but his manners
being rather rough made the match rather a surprise to her friends, especially as his wife had not been 6 months
dead. I think he had a houseful of children - dozen I guess or more. S. Cist still a widow and in black; she and
Emily often enquire for thee.
I am more confined to the store than ever - except when gone to Phila. I have not been out of the borough but
once for more than a year and have not spent an hour at a time in any other persons house in this town for more
than a year. Jacob's memory is so bad chat I have to be constantly at the counter and when I go to the City get
Sidney Tracy to stay with him. Mary Greves health was rather delicate - was taking medicine and testing for liver complaint when I was last down, but was about and looked much as usual. She wished much to hear from thee.
I met Jacob Harvey from New York who said John Nicholson was in usual health.
I have had no letters from the Sod for more than a year so can give no news from that quarter. I suppose that
I need not say that I am still single and likely to be at least till summer is over and then 1 guess I shall conclude to
pull through another winter as I am. I write in a great hurry and much interrupted as the Conference brings a great
many people to town, and we as well as many others have had preachers to board and lodge with us, as the bearer
can tell thee how we look: our folks and him have had talks about your country. I hope on this coming to hand,
thee will let me hear from thee and as my memory is bad about such matters say how large thy family is. I am glad
to hear the country round you is improving so much and tho your situation has some disadvantages, I have no
doubt with Williams industrious habits he will do better than he could have done near Phila. where there are such
numbers in the same business. All the family send their love to thee and William and all the family, as ever,
thy afft.
Uncle Jo