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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
Genrenew job, news, friends
Transcript[4? Dec 1903]
[Darlington Road and Forbes Street
Pittsburgh, Pa.]

(excuse haste)
My dear Jim,
Your letter reached me this morning and maybe I didn't look for it
long enough. Really I thought all som of things and each time the
mailman came only to disappoint me, so on Tuesday night I gave
full vent to my feelings when all were asleep. I was awake thinking
of a thousand things and found relief only in tears. I knew there
was something beyond the ordinary or you would have written.
Well, of all things, I cannot imagine you in a saloon. What ever
possessed you to think of one? I can picture you in almost any occupation
but never behind a bar. I know it is a very good business, and
I hope it will turn out so for you. I know I can trust you just the same.
You are the same Jim to me no matter where you are. You do right,
and then all things else will follow. You know, I am always ready to
help you rather than discourage because you know what's best. The
one thing that bothers me is that you are so far away and the length
of time till I can see you. I wish luck would come our way just once,
but it seems as though time was making your coming still further off
I would like to go to Indianapolis, but that's an impossibility
while I am with the Mellons, and I would like to stay with them as
long as I can. We got orders today to prepare for Florida on 20th
January. Just think of that and, Jim, you say you will come to see me
when the roses bloom (which in Pittsburgh is early in April), That is
something to look forward to.
Well, limes are about the same here. Nothing exciting. Everyone
is talking of Xmas, and the snow is fine giving a clean look to our
city if that can be possible. I think it is the dirtiest place on earth on
a rainy day, so you see we appreciate cleanliness when we see it. I told Ellen and Rose what you were doing, and indeed they both
gave you credit for trying to get along, but I am so anxious to know
all about you and how well you do. Remember me sometimes and
don't keep me waiting so long, for just a few lines help to cheer and
make me happy. Now must finish for this time only wishing you
were near.
Jim, you should write to your uncle. I haven't seen him in some
time, as I was kept right busy. I wonder what he will say about your
new step, but don't let anyone annoy you. You know best.
I remain dear Jim
fondly Annie
This time I want you to write very soon