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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
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count358
Genrebill, mail, family news
TranscriptLisburn 8 mo 28th 1831

Dear Wm
As there is a ship going from Belfast in a few days to New York, thout I wd take this opertunity of writing a few
lines. I wrote to thee about the 1st of 2d mo last, as also about the 13th of 4 mo, in both letters covering a Bill of
Exchange value 88 D - 88 cents. They were both drawn by Malcomson & Bell on Abram Bell & Co New York
which I hope thou hath received, altho Anns letter dated 4 mo 13 doth not mention the rect of any of them. My
last I enclosed a half sovereign. We were sorry to hear that Ann was not getting stout after her long illness, but hope
this summer will recruit her strength before the winter. We ate still anxious about heating from you & hope you
will not miss any opertunity of writing to us. My former letter I directed to West Lodi, the latter to Collins, West
Lodi. We seem to be at a loss to know the post office that is nearest to you: in some of the former letters there was
mention of Chrisry & Dawson failures; I expect in a few days all the remainder of their houses and lands will be
sold. Poor people, I dont know what will become of them, as I dont hear of any person coming forward to save
anything for them. What a pitty of once so reputable famileys, what reverse of fortune.
Through Mercy I enjoy a tolerable share of health, altho in the 71st year of my age. Sister Molly lives with me
since Thos marriage. She is frequently ailing but able to stir about. In my letter of 2 mo I mentioned the manner
that I used to cultivate my potatoes, but am afraid thou will not be able to understand it. I leave the remainder of
the sheet for Susanna, which will be come [more?] competent to give news than I can. I remain with dear love to
Ann & children

Thy afft Father
John Greeves
I write this with a steel pen.