|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||New York, NY, USA|
|Destination||Indianapolis, Indiana, USA|
My dear Jim,
I have been waiting patiently since I got your last letter for your
picture which however has not yet arrived. I left strict orders for
my mail to be forwarded before leaving Pittsburgh on Friday last. We are all here on a visit of four weeks at the same place where we
spent three months of last year. We are on the West Side quite a
long way from the large downtown stores. Yes, more than an hour's
ride. We have not as yet seen anything beyond the ordinary but are
planning to get a day off soon to see the stores. Last year we had but
two children to care for but this time we have one extra, so that is
harder to get away from them.
I am just trying my very hardest to get an opportunity of seeing
your cousins now that I am here, but Brooklyn is such a way from
here I don't know if I can. Anyhow, Jim, even if I am inconvenienced,
I will do my utmost to see them. When I can not see you, the
very least I may do is to see some one belonging to you.
Well Jim, how did you ever get that nice poetry you sent me? I
am sure if you had it made to order, you could not have suited
my case better. It was the most appropriate piece I ever got. Those
few pieces I sent you with the magazine (which I hope you received
all right) were written for me by a dear friend some nights before
meeting you. The marked story I wanted you to read. I get the
magazines monthly since I came to live with Ellen. Let me know if
you are fond of reading, Jim, and what is your favourite kind?
We had a very pleasant Hallow eve playing several tricks. Do you
mind the Hallow eve we spent together, it looked like any other
didn't it?1 We did not even have apples. Still, we appeared happy,
but you see riches don't make happiness.
Well, Jim, do write soon and in the mean time, I hope your
picture will come as I am most anxious to see if I can even then
form an idea of that boy who was the life of the Adria. It seems too
bad that time has such an effect on memory as well as on several
other things. If we had but a small part of that great factor of past
time given us, what we would have done and undone? We ourselves
only can tell. It is now getting quite late so I must finish and ask you once again to write me very soon to the enclosed address4 And I now
remain as ever with love, Annie
P.S. Be sure and remember me to all.