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Title: Greeves, John Sr to O'Brien, William, 1831
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, William
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfather-in-law - son-in-law
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count400
Genrepotato crops, news of family and friends, decease
TranscriptLisburn 3 Mo 20th 1831

Dear William
I wrote to thee about the 1st of 2 mo enclosing Malcomson & Bell- Draft at sight on Abraham Bells & Co New
York. I now enclose their second bill of exchange for $88 & 88 cents, the former I hope thou has Recd . In my
former letter I mentioned as well as I could the mode of the culture of drill peotoes here, I cant think of any other
to add to it.
Since I wrote last, my Brother Wm died about the 3d of last month, at his sons Wm in the Isle of Man where
he resided this few years. His death was very sudden; he eat his breakfast & dinner as usual and was going about
some little employment for his son, when he dropt down & never moved hand or foot. Medical assistance was
quickly procured but all seemed over. The doctor said it was palsey in the heart. He was about 80 years old and
had generally good healthy constitution; it is indeed awful I to some of us old people that survives him. His eldest
son Wm came into the most of his property.
Mary O'B was at our Quarterly Meeting, which was about 6th inst. She seems stout and well, as also the rest
of the family. We had a verry severe winter, a deal of rain with frost and snow and high winds. There is great
distress among the poor, want of employmt and dear provisions. I am dreading how we will get over this summer
with them: our house is assayled with great numbers daily.

4 mo 7th 1831
Since Thos mariage, sister Molly is come to live with me. She was verry poorly all winter but is now consi[der]ably
better. There are great numbers of people daily emigrating to America this season. Inclose is a small token of half
sovran to they eldest son which I hope will go safe.
I have cause to be thankfull, I enjoy a tolerable share of health. I wd like to know when thee writes what quantity
of land thou purchased & what it cost, and if you have it paid. I hope Ann has got well ere this: her illness has
been a considerable loss to the family. I remain with dear love to Ann & the children
thy afft Father
John G reeves