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Title: O'Brien, Maria Wright to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1841
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderO'Brien, Maria Wright
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationLake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count780
Genreschool, health, staying with relatives
Transcript4th month 1st
Ma chere mere
When I first began writing this I thought I would address the greater part to Joseph but have changed my mind.
I spent last evening with cousin Mary very pleasantly. I find it a great benefit to me to have some one who can
give me advice and it seems to suit Cousin Mary so well that I am vain enough to conceit I am quite a favorite
with her, as well as with aunt.
I have been thinking that I had best not stay much longer in school as I find it rather to[o] confining for me.
The doctor says he thinks it does not agree with to be deprived [1 of exercise, accustomed as I have been all my
life to a fine country air; and he thinks when the warm weather comes it I will find it worse yet- I think I will in
about 2 or 3 weeks leave here and go and spend a week or so with aunt and another with cousin James and then
go on to New York; and if cousin Mary does not make up her mind to go home with me, I would like to have
some of the country merchants call for me at Abram Bells home; and if thee has no opportunity by any of them
I suppose I can wait till yearly Meeting time, when no doubt I will have opportunities enough. Bur I feel very
anxious to get home, so that if we try to do anything about a school to commence as soon as may be, I feel quite
encouraged about it since dice mentioned that A. Tucker had given up his and I think perhaps it may yet prove
an advantage to us all my coming on here; though I fear if I do not soon leave I will find it instead of an advantage
a disadvantage. The doctor says if I am a little careful of my health I will find it will improve, as I have no organic
disease-which makes me feel much better. Thee knows I used to have a pain in my left side when I was at home.
He says it is entirely a nervous affection and that there is no weakness of the lungs, of which I was afraid as I had
when first taken a severe pain in the breast and side, so much so that I could not bear my clothes to touch me at
ill. I had no head ache of any consequence, which is what I had complained of all along before the pain settled
entirely in my side. But I do not want thee to feel at all uneasy about me now, for I am so much barer that I
am in school every day this week; and if I find that I am likely to be sick again, I will quit entirely and give up all
the year.
I wish to stay a while longer as to finish up this Quarter in French, which will be out in about two weeks.
When I was out at Haverford at Daniel Smiths, cousin Hetty [Thomas?] invited me to come and spe[nd] a week
at [or?] two with her before I left here. But it depends entirely on circumstances whether I go or not. Thomas Greeves is to come home to day from there and go into business here in town - I believe the same his father is in,
which is the Lumber trade. Cousin Mary desired her love to you all and to say that if she can arrange it so as to
go home with me she will be very glad as she anticipates a great deal of pleasure. I think it is altogether uncertain
about Aunts coming home with me and I do not like to urge her much for fear something might happen, and
then I would be sorry. I think the box will be very large that she will send: I wish father would get some of the
merchants to tell him where to have it kept with their goods, as I dont think it would do very well for me to cry
to take it on at the same time I went, as I will have two trunks. Cousin James told me that he had one for me, as
he supposed I would have more than I could conveniently gee into the one I had with me. But I must close with
love to you all ... my dear mother

thy ... affectionate daughter
Maria W O'Brien

Tell Willey Maria sends him a kiss

Joseph S. O'Brien
Erie County New york