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Title: O'Donnell, Annie to Phelan, James, 1903
CollectionYour Fondest Annie_Letters from Annie O'Donnel to James P.Phelan [A. O'Donnell]
SenderO'Donnell, Annie
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationchildren's maid
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPittsburgh, Penn., USA
DestinationIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
RecipientPhelan, James
Recipient Gendermale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count454
Genrefamily, news
Transcript[Darlington Avenue and Forbes Street
Pittsburgh, Pa.]
Thursday 20th, 1903

My dear Jim,
Your letter reached me this morning. I got my parents' pictures. I
am sending you one just to see what the poor bodies look like, but
of course you will return it as soon as you can as I want to have some
copies taken from it and have one enlarged. You will show it to your
aunt. I know she would like to see it.
I have waited a long time for that picture, but it made my heart
ache when I saw the difference that a few short years has made, yet,
I must not be complaining when I think of their advanced age. Nevertheless, I can never look at those dear faces without silently
shedding a tear.
Mr. and Mrs. Mellon are away and we are having a jolly old time.
You ought to be here now among this crowd of mischief makers.
We never know what it is to have a serious look. There are all kinds
of tricks played. I have just sewed up the sleeves of their
nightgowns and the bed covers so that they can go so far and no
farther. I put pepper in the pillows. You should have heard the
sneezing. The funny part is when no one knows who is doing those
things. My stock of mischief is now nearly worn out.
We had Mr. and Mrs. Connor here last Sunday, and when they
were going home in the evening, we all went to see them off in the
car. Jut as they got in, we threw handfuls of rice after them. You
should have seen all the people looking at them thinking they were
bride and groom. All the girls are crazy to get a chance of throwing
some at me, and Rose and Ellen declare that if you ever come, there
will be lots of rice on the car track. You know I would rather walk a
mile to a street car than be caught.
I am glad to say we are having a real good time. We all expect
your uncle out here tomorrow evening. I was talking over the
phone last evening with him. He had your letter. I hadn't seen him
since we came home.
My sisters and all the folks here are quite well. Mary's husband
is fine now. They were very much worried for a few days but he got
well real quick.
I hope you will be successful this winter if you should try to
better yourself. Well now, I must finish as I hear the girls coming, so
hoping to hear from you real soon.
I remain
fondly as ever
Annie xxxxx