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Title: O'Brien, Joseph Sinton to O'Brien, Daniel & Anson, 1842
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderO'Brien, Joseph Sinton
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationclerk
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginNYC, USA
DestinationCollins, Lake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien, Daniel & Anson
Recipient Gendermale
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Word Count263
Genrehe is glad they are helping at the farm, tells them about young boys in NYC
TranscriptDaniel and Anson: Dear Boys, I am very glad to hear that you
are able to help so much this summer and I wish you could write
so as to tell me how you get along in haying. Willy thinks it a
hard case to be shut up in the the city but I guess that you would
like to change places with him for a few days; but you would
soon get sick of it for there is so many bad boys in the streets
that you would be kept in the house or sent to school till you
grew older, so that you would not speak to them. It would make
you laugh to hear the little newsboys going about the streets with
bunches of papers under their arms crying out "Sun", "Herald",
"Era", "Tribune", "New York Arena, Sunday Mercury, Sunday
Times, Sunday Herald, Sunday Flash, Evening Tatler, Evening
Universe, Brother Jonathan, News Herald, Boston Nation, and
Weekly Whip". This is not all the papers they have, but they
seldom cry more than these since the others have not such
musical names; and if you say these over and over with a singing
tone you will have a pretty good idea how it sounds.
I think f have written a pretty long letter to you. Have
Margaretta write next time and tell her that l am glad she is going
to school. Tell Willy to tell Margaretta to tell Maria to tell Mother
to give a kiss for me, and when you are eating potatoes and milk,
remember I have none.