|Title:||O'Donnell, Annie to Phelan, James, 1904|
|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||Xmas, travelling, work, family|
|Transcript||[Darlington Road & Forbes St.|
January 1, 1904
My dear Jim,
A bright, happy and a prosperous New Year is my sincerest wish to
you. A few minutes ago I had a talk with your uncle over the phone.
I was awfully glad to hear his voice again, but he told me you were
not at all well, that you looked ill, and were, in fact, suffering from
a severe cold. That's the reason I now write, for rest I cannot get till
you yourself give me an accurate account of how you really are, if
you have not already written. Our last letters must have crossed as
we both wrote on the same day.
Wasn't it too bad you didn't come here during the Christmas
week? Yet, it might have been for the best, as I never was more busy
since I came to Mellons. Now they have decided not to go south till
30 January, and I wish they were not going at all. I feel too far from
you now, but when I go to Florida, I just feel lost. Jim, if you are
feeling ill, consult a doctor at once and, for pity sake, do be careful
while this cold weather is here.
Your uncle said you were doing nicely I said nothing but listened
to all he had to say, and, Jim, don't you worry about things. If the
saloon does at all, well, just keep with it, and, of course, if you don't
find it quite to your liking, I see no reason why you wouldn't get along with something else. Don't worry about what anybody says
Just suit yourself and you will come out all right. I would give the
world tonight if I were near you to give at least a few encouraging
words. As you left me at the Union Station, so I have been since.
Always remember that no matter what comes or goes, I will always
be the same. In your troubles, Jim, you will find in me an ardent
heart, and don't think you will worry me by telling me as there is no
greater happiness for me than to help you.
Now tonight I beg of you to answer this as soon as you get it, and
just let me know exactly how you are as I may be fretting for nothing.
I assure you I have felt quite anxious since I talked with your uncle.
I am going to see him as soon as I can, and I do hope you will write
to me so very soon.
Jim, everybody likes my ring. Mrs. Mellon saw it today for the
first time. She liked it but said she hoped it meant nothing till her
children grew bigger. Then she could trust them to a stranger. I
Now, good night, dear Jim and hoping heaven will bless the
future, I remain, your fondest Annie xxxx