|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||Miami, Florida, USA|
|Destination||Indianapolis, Indiana, USA|
|Genre||holiday, family, weather|
|Transcript||[19 March 1903]|
[Paper of the Hotel Royal Palm,
My dear Jim,
I wish you were here tonight to listen to the beautiful music that is
being played for a Japanese dancing affair held in the ballroom. I
have just come up here and sent Ellen out. You know we must take
turns as we both cannot leave our room, and I must say we have had
a delightful time here and will be sorry when we must leave which
will be on the 3rd April. Where we go after that is not yet decided,
but I will let you know before we leave here.
We had a grand 17th, though I didn't have a speck of shamrock
but had the pleasure of hearing some grand old Irish airs and
seeing an Irish jig danced.
Senator Fairbanks' family are guests of Mrs. Mellon on her
boat. They are from your city and gave me some Indianapolis papers
to read which were quite a treat.
I hope your uncle will not get through in Pittsburgh till I get
back. We may get a little vacation as we always did.
A year ago I was looking for your picture and never gave up
hopes of getting them till yesterday when I was told their whereabouts
were not known 'were probably destroyed at the closing of
the Royal Palm.' Now you see I must do without them. I would have given anything for the side face one. Some day I will tell you
the reason why.
I hope the little book I sent reached you all right. When you have
time, you will look over it and thus form an idea of the beauty of
this region. The heat is growing more intense every day. I should
not wonder if the north were beginning to thaw out now. I am glad
for your sake as I know you like summer.
I have had many a dream of your visit, Jim, but they were onlydreams.
How far back on the horizon of the past does that week
seem to be I only wish but you will come again some day and even
that is something to look forward to for when pleasure reigns.
There is a vacant place which none but one can fill. Well it is so late
now I must hurry before they turn the lights out. Be sure and write
soon that I may get it before 3rd April. Now remember me to all and
give my kindest regards to your Aunt and Uncle. So, dear Jim, with
my best love to you I now say good-night and remain as ever
special write very soon, Jim