|Title:||Greeves, Susanna to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1829|
|Collection||The Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]|
|Sender Occupation||shop keeper|
|Destination||Lake Erie, NY, USA|
|Recipient||O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne|
|Genre||news of family and friends, Quaker meeting|
|Transcript||My dear sister|
As Jane wrote thee last and so lately I tear I will have very little news, as I expect she wrote thee everything that
wd interest thee about us. I suppose she told thee that I was then in Dungon while Thos went to England, where
he was for nearly three weeks, with the acception of a day or two he spent in Scotland on his return; he bought
but few goods in the latter place. I staid several weeks with him after he came home: I need scarsely say that the
old neighbours and customers were glad to see me. Some thought I was married, others did not know what had
become of me; some of them said they were ashamed to make so free as to ask about me. I could scarsly persuade
them that I was still unmarried. I was there during the Q[uarterly] Meeting of Grange but was confined during
the time with a sore throat to bed from the effects of cold, from what I suffered several years ago. I was a little
frightened and put on a blister at once, which had the desired effect. I forget wheather I ever told thee before that
Thos entertains a good many friends during the meeting of Grange. He generally has a cold dinner during the three
days: he has all sent out the day before. I must tell thee the kind of a table he has - two deal boards put together
supported on a table at each end. He gets potatoes boiled in one of the old tenants houses. It is in the gallery of
the new meeting house they dine. He generally has between 20 to 30 for dinner; he asks those who he thinks would
not be taken notice of by the higher folks. Sister Jane went and was there first . . . . Dolly Lamb ... had to go to
Armagh on second day evening and home next morning in rime for the market; the coaches from that pass here
at a little after 10 oclock in the morning.
On my return home I came by Armagh to see John & Mary &c my little niece, whom I had not seen untill then.
She is a fine thriving little creature and uncommon good but not at all handsome. It is hard to say who she will
be like if she lives to grow up, as children often changes, but at present the upper part of her face is like her mothers
& the under part like my brother Thomas'; but Thos is so changed since thee saw him that thee cannot guess from
him who she is like. He is uncommon lusty to what he used to be. Aunt Molly regrets me being from her: poor
old body, she holds out wonderfully. She is still able to stir about through the house and to get out to meeting
occationally, but she suffers a good deal from pains in her limbs at times - (to use her own words), she will say
she is hardly able to strike a trot. Of a market day when they are hurried, she often gives them a hand, but unless
they are very throng Thomas does not call her, as he knows it is fatiguing on an old body like her; indeed she is a
willing creature and often stays when he does not wish her. I was wanting her come see us (but how could she leave
him she says, now I am gone).
Uncle [Samuel] and Aunt Sin ton whom we hear frequently from ate going on in their own quiet way. They have
not been to see us since a little before poor brother Wms death. Sister Jane tells me she wrote thee particularly about
his long illness which, my dear sister, I may say he bore with uncommon patience & resignation. I trust he has made
a happy exchange from this uncertain world, to that of endless bliss. I would like to be able to say with the poet
I shall see him again, shall rejoin him once more -
My feelings no longer with agony smarting -
And look with delight to my gaining [hat shore,
Where (he waves shall subside, and the tempests be o'er,
And the followers of Christ shall be strangers to parting.
On the other side I send thee a copy of a verse on prayer (as my father wished me to do so). It is composed by a
man of the name of Duncan who has been convinced of friends principles & received into membership. He lately
resides about 8 or 10 miles from this.
Aunt Debby continues to live with her stepson, as he is still unmarried. She has a slight attack of paralatic
[paralytic stroke] some time ago in the one side of her face, which she is quite recovered from. She came to see us in spring & intended paying us another
visit during the summer but never got it
accomplished: she is a close house keeper. Hanah
Dawson was married about three weeks ago to a
son [Joseph] of Reuben Harveys of Cork; they
had been attached fur ten years. but he was not
very successful in business, which prevented
their union ere this. His father took him into
partnership seme time ago, which has proved an
advantage to him, and it was at his friends
wishes that they should not put it off any longer.
Her mother called here yesterday (she came to
see Elih Rodgers who has been very poorly this
long time). Hanah is living in the house with her
father & mother in law - I think she will be
greatly missed in Moyallon, particularly by her
own family: she is a general favourite.
When I was in Dung I saw Eliza Shaw who
has been living with Arabella [Shaw] ever since
they gave up business in Newry, where I think I
mentioned in a former letter they three girls had a shop but did not succeed. She was asking particularly for thee
& desired to be most affectionately remembered to thee. Maria [Shaw] is married and settled in Newry: she has
two children. I saw her at the Moyallon Meeting. Her sister Fanny stays mostly with her. Their youngest brother
Robert, who lived with Win Locke, died lately of consumption. He was a nice looking lad. The old couple lives
under the roof with Mary Pillar (thee may remember there were two houses together). Eliza told me her mother
is so afflicted with rehmitism [rheumatism] that at times she cannot walk across the floor without a staff.
Our lodgers are still with us and continue very agreeable: they are very little trouble to us. We keep but one girl,
so thee may judge they are easy attended when she is able to do all. She had been with us since we came here and
lived with them in Armagh. She is daughter of Dominick Quins that lives at the vitral [vitriol] works in
Moyallon. Appro, Thos Wikefields second eldest daughter is married to a son of Christys the Hatters in London:
it is reckoned a good match. Charlotte Greet (C Nicholson that was) has a daughter whom she calls Lydia for her
mother; Sarah [Pike, nee Nicholson] was with her at her confinement - none of her other sisters are reconciled
with her yet.
Since Jane wrote, Cousin Margaret has left Cookstown. She did not find it to answer and is settled in
Monaghan. She is only there about two weeks so has not had time to judge yet, but so far it offers as well as could
be ex peered. Her brother Thomas is with her, at present he is out of a situation. She is twelve miles from meeting
(Coorehill). There is one family of friends beside herself with a few others who are convinced of friends principles
but not members, who since she went there have concluded to meet in het parlour. They bad been in the habit
of meeting in another house but prefers hers as it is most recited. I hope poor thing she may succeed. She is not reconciled with Mary yet. It will I hope be an advantage to her to have Thomas as he will seem a kind of protection
to her, but if he gets a situation to answer him it is likely he will leave her. None of the Douglass are with her now
- Susan is with the Nicholsons & Elizh is with C. Greer & Anna is gone home to her father & Samuel. Marge has
got a young woman on trial, a daughter of Mrs. Maxwells who thee might remember was a dressmaker. Her
mother & brother died within this year and left her and another brother behind. Poor thing, she seemed almost
destitute of any friends, & she being a stedy young woman, Margt has taken her on trial.
I think I have scraped up all the news I can think of. We would wish thee to write oftener to us, and when next
thee writes, mention about the children particularly. What would I give to see you: will I ever have that pleasure.
While I write it almost seems as if I was talking to thee - how often do I picture to myself your farm, your house
and you surrounded by your children. It is wonderful what a few years brings about.
Cousin William Greeves was to see us this summer. He says my Uncle gets good health and looks as usual.
Thomas hears frequently from Cousin John G. Greeves. In summer he had a letter from him with an account of
Robert Boardmans death. He had been married but his wife died some time before him: they had not any family.
It is not known how much property he had left. Cousin John says it takes a long time to wind up affairs in that
country. It was a great shock to his poor father & mother and his sisters. John Greer that is married to their
daughter Mary [Boardman] are living with the family in Armagh. They opened shop some time ago. It is feared
they will not succeed: there has been within these two years 13 new shops in our line commenced in it - it is almost
overdone like many other towns. Jonathon Greeves is married again to an elderly young woman, beside Loughgaul
[Loughgall, County Armagh]. He got some money with her. Betsy was about a year dead - I think thee cannot
complain of the shortness of this, I may add, as I suppose thee would like to hear, that there is none of the
McDonnells nor Greers of the Bridge nor the Dawsons (James family) has changed their names. John [Robert]
Greer of Rhone Hill was married a few [weeks] ago to one of the Strangmans of Waterford. We frequently hear
from Carlow: all well there as is also the Killyman [Greer] family.
The pain in sister Janes side is troublesome at times, particularly when she gets cold. She looks better than she
has done for some time back: she is fat and has a good appetite. I am like one of Pharos lane kine. With dear
love to Brother Win & the children, which Jane unites in, I am
thy truly affectionate sister
Cousin Wm & M Pike enjoys tolerable good health as does also Jonathon & Sarah; all their children accept Lydia
are at school.