|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||new house, weather, family, upcoming holiday|
|Transcript||[Hotel Schenley stationery|
April 29th 1903
My dear Jim,
Back in the smoky city once more trying to feel 'at home' in our
new quarters, a pretty hard thing to do when I pass by poor old
Bayard St. every morning on my way to school. It is true that I miss
the old house where we had many pleasant days and the memories
connected with it shall not be forgotten by me. No one knows why
I look so eagerly at the windows of the corner house room but you
may guess. Yet let us hope bright days are coming.
The weather since we came here has been perfect - all but one
day when there was such a fog you couldn't discern your best
friend a square off.
I know by this time your uncle will have told you I called him up
just as soon as I got here. You don't know what a pleasure it was to
me to see him again. He is one of the nicest men I know, and I don't
blame you for liking him so well. You may rest assured for you he
has a particular regard. He is always ready to say nice things about
you and in fact of the whole family.
He is leaving here soon, but I hope to see him before he does. It
is too bad that I can do nothing for him. No one feels it more than I
do to have done nothing in appreciation for his kindness. I am glad
he has met with success here. Well, Jim, if you could see our city now, really, I think you would like it. How I wish your dream would come true. It would be a pleasant surprise for me. I am glad to think that in your dreams you had my true nature. It is not the clothes, Jim, but you.
I expect we will be in Pittsburgh this summer or at least the
greater part of it. I hope to get a vacation very soon and wish you
were here to enjoy it with me, but otherwise it will be a little rest.
Rose will take my place while she is doing nothing now. It will be a
good chance for me to get away. You see they can not get into the
new house. The girls are paid full wages and are staying with friends.
Rose asked very kindly for you. She has been here a few times since
we came home.
Enclosed is a small medal given to me by our dear old priest in
Miami the day I went to see him just before leaving. He gave me
one for myself and one for my friend. I give it to you, and what
sweet tokens they are of his great piety. Always keep it with you and
no one need know about it.
Well, I do think I must now finish and Ellen wishes to be very
kindly remembered to you. My kindest regards to all and please,
Jim, do write soon if it is ever so short.