|Title:||O'Donnell, Annie to Phelan, James, 1903|
|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||Xmas gifts, travelling, friends|
|Transcript||[4616 Bayard St. E.E]|
6 January 1903
My dear Jim,
Since I got your letter yesterday morning, I have been looking for
your Uncle every time the bell rang, but as yet he has not called.
Still I will not give up hopes till I hear from you again. I will be
somewhat disappointed if he doesn't come.
Well how am I to thank you for the very acceptable gift you sent
me. How nice of you to have it done, Jim. I like it, Jim, and so does
everyone that saw it. I invited my friends here. They all thought it
fine. Ellen is quite taken with the frame and wished that your face
was somewhat 'round the corner in it. For the present I must pack
it as our things will be moved from here while we are South and I do
not want anything to happen to it in strangers' hands, for I value it
Well, Jim, I am glad you had a nice Xmas, as I had the happiest
one since I left home. Really, I cannot begin to tell you how pleasant
every one made it for me. As to gifts, I never was wealthier in my
life. Such a display as greeted me when we came home from early
mass. Mrs. Mellon and the children were so very good this year
to every one of us, and poor Mary that left us didn't forget to send
a nice gift and among ourselves such a jolly time as we did have. It was the first Xmas that I can say I was really and truly happy
Preparations for Florida are fast being made. Just think we expect
to leave here about the end of this month, so we are not coming
back to Bayard Street anymore I am sorry to say. Still, there is
nothing like hoping for the best. If it never comes, we may have
happy times in the new mansion.
My cold is all gone now. Am just as fine as can be and so is Ellen.
I had a real bad week, the worst since I came here, but thank goodness,
I am feeling splendid since. You are interested in me, Jim, to
think of me so kindly, and you do know how I appreciate a few kind
words from you.
I will wrap up warmly for the rest of the time here as I am out so
much with the children, and won't it be lovely when we get to
sunny south where all the beautiful flowers grow. What I would not
give for you just to see the grounds of the Royal Palm!
The children have got to call you Jim now, talk about you. I often
wish they would forget you 'specially when they ply me with
questions regarding our relationship, right before the members of
the family. Matthew often says, 'Well, Jim is not Annie's brother,
and I know he is not her father. Then who is he?' But it's all right as
long as you did not take me away, though they want to know when
you are coming to the zoo with us again. They liked you well and
they are dear little children. Many a happy hour they have given
me. Jim, wouldn't there be a joke if we could talk over the phone?
Just imagine how nice it would be to hear a dear voice again.
I am enclosing a few paper cutting[s] - quite interesting! I must
finish up now, late as usual, and write me soon a long letter as I will
still expect your uncle till I know he has left town.
Good night, and fondly I remain Annie, xxxxxx
The girls join me in wishing you a Happy and prosperous