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Title: Greeves, John Sr to O'Brien, William, 1833
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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Word Count548
Genrefarming, crops, dissension in their religious community
TranscriptLisburn 11 mo 25th 1833

Dear William
Ann's letter to her sister Mary dated in 8th or 9th mo. last, at which time your family, I think she mentions, was
in pretty good health which is cause of thankfulness. I perceive you are s tingling with your new farm, and hope
if you are spared a few years it will aford you a comfortable residence. It a pears that the rearing of cattle & the
producing milk & butter &c is a way your neighbours find the most easey mode of getting forward; the tilling of
land, I am aware, is very troublesome &£ expensive and when ready for market, in general brings but verry small
remuneration; at the same time it wd be well to raise plenty of food for your own consumption. I annex a small
sum of 344 & 44 cents - to enable you to add a little stock to your farm, as 1 perceive by Ann's letter you arc
deficient in that respect. I often think how hard you are put to Co make out a competence. Have you got the
money paid to the man you exchanged the farm with. I think it was 100 Dollars, if so I expect you are in a better
situation than at any time since you went to America, that is to say 100 or 120 acres of good land free of rent or
tyth for ever, which would be a valuable thing in this country.
The fore part of this summer & harvest hath been verry wet, so that the farmers had a good deal to do to get
their grain saved, but it seems a good crop & sells low, wheat from 8s to 10s pr hundred and oats about 4/5d which
makes them hard put to pay the rent, tyth & taxes. Through adorable Mercy I enjoy a pretty good share of health
considering my advanced age. Sister Mary still lives with me: she is frequently ailing but able to go through the
house and at times to meeting, which is but a short way from my house.
Has the division in the Society reach11 your quarter, I fear it has begotten bad feelings in both sides in many pans
of America, as it had done with us formerly. I still go to Meeting but never aply for Membership, altho several
times hinted so to do. I belive it is best for me to be as I am untill something opens in my mind that I have no
prospect of at present. I hope in your lonely situation you endevor to impress on the minds of your dear offspring
the necessity of that inward principle of light & grace, if atended to, would preserve them from all evil. The Society
in the North seems much dwindled away in several Meetings. Grange seems the largest in the province; the conduct
of some of their members, I am sorry to say, is rep roach full to any religious society. I shall leave the remainder
of the sheet for some of the girls to fill up who can give you more news than I can. I remain with or love to Ann
and the children

thy affct Father
John Greeves
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