|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||nostalgia, visiting, family|
|Transcript||[Darlington Avenue and Forbes Street|
Sunday 27th Sept, 1903
My dear Jim,
It is very nearly a year ago since that evening at the Union Depot.
Yes, on Tuesday evening next. That year passed away very quickly,
and I do wonder if it will be still another year before you will come
again. This time last year how anxiously I waited for that tram to
come in, but this year there is nothing to look forward to but your
letters which I wish would come oftener.
I don't suppose there is any chance of you coming before Xmas,
but I think you would do all right here. There is no reason why you
shouldn't. If I were you, I would come while your uncle is here.
You don't know what you might happen to strike, but of course you
know best, and in time everything will be all right. You know there is no one today wishes to see you more than I do. I won't hesitate to
say it. If you see any chance for coming, just take it right away.
This afternoon we expect your uncle and Mr. and Mrs. Connor.
Won't we have a good time. The Mellons are away. We had a verv
pleasant evening with your uncle two weeks ago, and I know he
enjoyed it. Then, Mrs. Connor invited us for the whole day last
Sunday. Your uncle and I went over there and maybe we didn't
enjoy it. The Connors have the greatest respect forMr.Brennanfor
your uncle and never tire of his company.
I had the nicest letter from Fr. Conroy a few days ago. It was
such a nice one thanking all for their generosity towards his Church,
and he promised to send me a prayer book, an Irish-English one. I
am looking for it now any day, and if you are good, some day I will
let you read it, that is, when you master the Irish without making
any mistakes like that awful one on the Adria.
Well, now I must finish before the folks come, as I would feel
sorry for the rest of this letter if your uncle and Mr. Connor were
near. I am tease-proof by this time though. No use in teasing me
now. The only thing that bothers me is when they say, 'He is taking
his best girl out now,1 but I know different.
Ellen and I went in to see my sisters a few evenings ago. They are
getting along so well, and the little baby is fine. I had the two big
boys here all day yesterday and left them home last night on my way
While now my news is nearly exhausted so must finish, and do,
Jim, write soon, won't you, and do come if you possibly can.
I remain, Jim
Your fondest Annie
P.S. Do write soon