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Title: Greeves, John Sr to Greeves, James Richardson, 1842
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
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientGreeves, James Richardson
Recipient Gendermale
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Word Count269
Genreabstract of letter, decaying health
Transcript[Lisburn?] 16th 8 mo 1842

"I must begin to tell a little of myself in the 82nd year of my age, and through Mercy can read a little and write
some at times. I may truly say that my days seem to be nearly numbered, and what account shall I have to tender
for the above time. Oh, my dear cousin, if thou art permitted to approach the throne of grace, remember thy aged
uncle, who wished thee and thy posterity every blessing which this world can give & peace at the the close. Well,
my dear, I have been very poorly these several months, mostly confined to the house. I took the complaint in the
spring with a violent cough so much so that the Physician said that my lungs were much affected and applied a
large quantity of leeches, what with bleeding & blistering etc. reduced me very low. My breathing is much affected
& I believe will continue so while here in mutability. The heat of the weather is so great the latter part of the
summer that for the weak & the aged it is hard to bear. Well, my dear cousin, altho these things are hard to bear
at times, I am through mercy preserved from repining & can truly say, that the Almighty arm that hath mercifully
sustained me from youth to old age, to the present day, hath not deserted me in my advanced age. Oh may all that
is alive within me honour & praise that adorable name, not only now but henceforth & for ever more saith my
poor soul".