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Title: Greeves, John Sr to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1829
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderGreeves, John Sr
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen trader
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginLisburn, N.Ireland
DestinationLake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
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Partial Date
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Word Count544
Genredissensions in Anne's Quaker community, new farm, social disturbances, bad state of trade
TranscriptLisburn 10 mo 16th 1829

My dear Anne
Haveing an oporrunity by a vessell to sail from Belfast to Newyork, thought I would write thee a few lines; perhaps
it might be the last time, as life is so uncertain, and I in an advanced age, in the 69th year. I may say that I have
cause to be thankfull that I enjoy so good state of health. I sometimes have small attacks of the Rhumatism but is
much relieved from it by what I was formerly and is still enabled to attend a little to business.
I was sorry to hear of the great divisions in the Society in your land. I have no doubt but many will be injured
thereby, letting in a bitterness against one or other who differ in sentiment, & my wish for you is that you may
be preserved from any harsh or uncristian feelings against those who may differ from you, but that you may be
preserved in patience and meekness. Perhaps good may arise out of these comotions to those who is endevoring
to have their mind placed upon the sure foundation, the Everlasting Rock of Ages.
I was pleased to hear that you had sold your old farm and purchased a larger one. Some of your children is now
grown up and I hope will be enabled to help their father in the management thereof?. I sometimes think that it is
well you left this fine, but wretched country where strife and animosity prevail between prodestant & catholick
There was a number of lives lost this last summer near Coal Island, of both parties, the latter the most and in
several other places as well as there. The orangemen makes a point to parade on the 12th of 7mo, the adversary
of the battle of the Boyne which the other party cant bear and they frequently comes to blows and many lives lost
It is hoped that the parliment in the next sessions will put a stop to the above processions, which will much relieve
the country.
The state of Trade here as well as in England is in a verry wretched state. The manufacturing business of all kinds
is such that the poor can scarcely make out a livelihood and many out of employment, and there does not seem
prospect of amendment. The linen business here is going fast to decay, as also the muslin. I have cause to be
thankfull that we get a fair share of business in the shop, but if there was any revival in the manufacturing we wd
have much more to do. I wd be glad to have a long letter from thee or Wm to let me know how you are getting on. It is a long time since I had one adressed to me. The last acct from Carlow, they were all well. Their eldest son John is gone aprentice to
Thos Warring of Waterford. I have but little more to communicate. I leave the other side for Susanna to fill up,
I remain with dear love to Wm & children

thy aged and affect. Father
John Greeves

PS. I send thee under the seal a small token sovereign which will, if got safe, pay postage.