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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
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count483
Genrepossible visit, news
Transcript[Darlington Road & Forbes Street
Pittsburgh, Pa.]
October 28th 1903
October 28th 1898
Write soon even
if its only a few

My dear Jim,
Five years ago tonight I guess you remember. Don't you wish we
were on that same old spot but homeward bound? Your ever welcome
letter reached me in good time and brought hopes of possible
visit from you in a shorter time than I have anticipated. In fact, I
have never fixed any time for your coming, but if it were depended
on me, you would be here now. No matter when you come, it will
seem long to me, and now I am beginning to look forward to your
coming again. Then I'll be happy, for there are many things I would
like to tell you that I can't write, and, Jim, I am very grateful to you for promising me your picture. It was something I always longed
for but for which I will be looking now any day.
Our city is in quite a little distress these times, and the poor
workmen are looking for a very slack winter. Just a week ago, two
banks closed and in all the mills and large works quite a number of
the men are laid off, and to crown all, the whole city of Alleghany
will be quarantined tomorrow morning on account of smallpox. I
think that's dreadful! Mrs. Mellon is talking of having us vaccinated.
I guess I remember when I was done last, but as usual, there is very
little left to tell the tale, hardly a trace of that very sore arm.
When I was going to town a few days ago, our car came to one of
those 10 minute stops, and the motorman came into the car and
picked from his pocket a letter, started to read it, and such a bright
face and hearty laugh. No one seemed to see but myself, for it
brought to mind something similar in another city where a motorman
opens a letter, but I fear not much room for laughter between
the lines as the letters are rather dull at times.
Well, it is nearing Xmas again and our people are beginning to
talk of the South already. That seems as important to them as the
great day itself. Of course, they usually have to make purchases
while the summer goods are on hand. Rose tells me to give you her
best love and so does Ellen. They have told me often, but I guess I
have to do it this time though I have asked them to wait till you
come. They are the two best souls to me and think nothing too good
to say about you and often wish you were here.
Now, Jim, please write soon and remember me to all so now
must finish. I am as ever
fondly Annie xxxxx