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Title: Greeves, Susanna to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1837
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderGreeves, Susanna
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationshop keeper
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginLisburn, N.Ireland
DestinationLake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
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Word Count1026
Genretheir sister Jane's illness, news of family and friends
TranscriptMy dear sister
Our last letters to you have contained anything but comfortable news and this one will still add more sorrow
when you hear how much affliction we have gone through. Poor dear Jane5 illness is one of the greatest trials we
ever met with. I did not like to tell thee of it when I wrote thee last, hoping that before this it might please
providence to restore her to us. At first we had her under Dr Eustaces care but finding her not much better, we
thought it best to see what a change would make & we were also advised to have her removed to the Retreat where
she has been since the Yearly Meeting. It is a nice place and every care and attention paid to patients; we think her
better in many respects since she went & we trust, if once her general health was brought round again, that she
may be restored bur until that is the case we cannot look for much improvement in her mental [condition?]. She
was so much reduced altogether that she had never been fit to take sufficient medicine that would be necessary
for her, but goodness only knows if ever she will be well. We endeavour to hope for the best and leave all to Him
who alone can restore her if he sees meet in his own time.
Poor brother Danls difficulties has been another source of trouble to us. Poor man, his family are widely scattered
- John is settled in Youghal with Ruben Fisher who was at one time clerk with Dan. He offered to give him a share
in the business for helping to conduct it - it is in the grosery business - I hope he may succeed. Anna is with her
Aunt Mary in Armagh and it answers Mary well at present to have her, as she has lately been very delicate and not
well able to attend to the business. She had enfluenza and ever since she seems not to have regained her strength.
We felt very uneasy about her and feared much that her lungs were affected. However at present she is better -she
has only her eldest child left her now: her last little boy, which was only 7 weeks old when dear John died, was
taken off with influenza about 6 months ago. So, poor woman she is not without her own share of trouble. Lizzey
is anything but a stout child - however she may get stouter as she grows up. I hope she may be spared to her. We
have Margt. and the youngest Lizzie [Daniels Elizabeth]. She is a fine little girl of 5 years old. Margt. is able to help
me in the shop: she is about 16 years of age and reckoned more like her dear mother than any of the children.
I need scarcly say I have a deal of care upon me and the weight of the business, but I should be truly thankful
that I have been enabled beyond my expectation to get on better than I thought I ever could. At the first of
dear Jane' illness I thought I never could - but I have been wonderfully supported far beyond my des[s]erts. These
are trying times on all classes - the poor in many parts are very badly off and it is thought the times are not yet at
the worst.
Brother Thomas has now a nice little family, two sons & two daughters. Their youngest is about 2 months old
- a girl whom they call Mgt for my dear Mother. It is a great blessing that Thomas health continues pretty
good, but it requires him still to be careful. His children are all fine & healthy - his eldest son is a strong boy. We
feel anxious to hear about your son Thomas, who by this rime perhaps is no more. It is a great trial to parents to
lose their children but, my dear sister, when they know they are going happy they should not repine at the
dispensation of providence too much. I often think when I hear of a young persons death, what a multitude of
trouble and temptation they have escaped - what is there in this world worth living for.
I dont seem to have much more news to communicate that is cheering. It sinks my spirits to have such a doleful
letter to send but we must only trust that hard things will yet be made easy and bitter things sweet. Cousin
Elizabeth Walpole and John are getting on pretty well in Cavan. James & Mgt Greason are doing better than they
were at first in Armagh: they have no family but them two selves. Uncle Saml & Aunt Ruth are finely. I saw them
about a week ago - I was at the Q Meeting on first day. There seems nothing new in that quarter. Poor Sam!
McDonnell died about ½ year ago rather suddenly; Molly is living with one of her sons in Copland who
has a shop in the town; and where Ruth & Elizabeth] are I have not heard lately as they, like many others, failed
and have given up business at the present. I will say farewell, hoping to hear from thee soon. Believe me as ever

thy very affectionate sister
Give my dear love to Wm & all the children. Cousin Mgt Pike is living in Balitore with Betsy Barrington: it is a
nice place for her. It is a long time since I was in Dungannon; I cannot now leave home as I used, as it keeps me
constantly to mind the business and these bad times it even requires more attention. My Father has written thee
about Cousin Wm Simon & Family having gone out to N Orleans - what changes a short time brings about Old
Ellen Boardman is still to the fore; also James & Nancy Nicholson. All the members of the Dree Hill family are
as usual. Has thou a baby now and what is its name. As ever

thy afft sister