|Title:||O'Donnell, Annie to Phelan, James, 1901|
|Collection||Your Fondest Annie_Letters from Annie O'Donnel to James P.Phelan [A. O'Donnell]|
|Sender Occupation||children's maid|
|Origin||Pittsburgh, Penn., USA|
|Destination||Indianapolis, Indiana, USA|
|Genre||travelling, work, news|
My dear Jim,
I am back once more in the Smoky City, it is quite a change from
our pleasant seaside and mountain resorts. Well, a word or so about
our time at the Mountains. It was something great. I never had
such a time in my life. Many a time I wished you were with us, for I know how you would enjoy it. We went to dances and hay rides and
lots of parties, and everybody tried to show us a good time. We
wished we could have stayed there much longer.
Do you remember those beautiful mountains we came through
on our way here some distance from Pittsburgh. I think you mentioned
them in one of your letters. Well, we were situated in the
heart of them. The scenery was something which I cannot describe,
for it was perfect!
Well, Jim, that long promised face of mine I am sending. It is not
much, but it will remind you that you saw it once, and I do hope you
will send me yours for even if you are in Indiana, I hold a spot in my
heart for you. I wish you had pitched your tent in Pittsburgh
instead of going so far, but still we must put up with these things,
for as I said once before, the nearest and dearest must part. We may
meet again and perhaps have a dance like that one of Mayo Jim's.
What about Galway Jim? He was a pretty nice fellow. I liked him so
well. Is it not funny to see us all so widely scattered and no one left
to tell the tale, as it were, only you and I.
I wish you had told me of your New York friends for I could
have made time to see them, and you know I spent 3 months of last
year in New York and 2 weeks in Brooklyn. I have visited both
places several times since I came to live with the Mellons.
By the way are you going to the Expo? Our folks are going, but
I am not. They are leaving the children with Ellen and 1.1 hope you
will excuse this hurried letter as we have been quite busy since we
came home. Your last letter, Jim, I didn't get for a week after its
arrival in Pittsburgh. Do write soon again and a long letter.
I expect to go out on Sunday to see some of my friends and
acquaintances. Remember me to your sister and friends. I have
been once on a streetcar since we came home. It was rather a treat.
Well, dear Jim, it is almost eleven and quite time to retire, so I will
bid you good night and with love I remain as ever Annie.
Write very soon.