|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||Miami, Florida, USA|
|Destination||Pittsburgh, Penn., USA|
|Genre||correspondence, moving to Pittsburgh, weather|
February 19, 1904
My dear Jim,
I really thought your last Sunday's letter would never reach me,
and I knew you wrote, yet, I couldn't help thinking something was
wrong, so last night at the very last mail 10 P.M., I went to the office
and got it and read it on the way to my room. I won't tell you what I
felt like the rest of the night, but I woke up wishing I was in
Pittsburgh. I think that is the meanest thing I ever known. You in
Pittsburgh and poor me away down here, but won't I be the pleased
creature to know that you will be there when I get home, and how I
wish the time would fly so we could see each other.
I will be so anxious to know just everything and what you will
do. There is only one thing I ask you. Don't get discouraged, and,
by the time we get back, you will have a good opinion of Smoky City.
I know you will miss the nice home you have had and its pleasant
surroundings, Mrs. B[rennan] especially, but then you could go
back some times and see them all. Then you will have your uncle.
He'll see that you will not get lonely. Then, Jim, when I get home,
we will have some good times together.
I would say to call on Rose and Mary, but there are some new
girls and I think they don't very well agree, so wait till we both be
together and then it will be nice. But I would give anything for you
to see Rose. She is my best friend in that house. I won't tell anyone
you are there, but we'll surprise them one evening as soon as I get
back. You don't know, Jim, how I feel to think that at last you are in
Pittsburgh to stay.
Do write me a long letter telling me all, and I will be so anxious
to know how you will be doing. I wrote Pollie a few nights ago and
tell the old man I will soon write to him and I promised him I
would, and I want you to remember me very kindly to him. There is
one thing I feel sorry about and that is the very few to
greet you there, even a few lines from me. I guess you will have a
few streetcar rides. It takes so long for a letter to come from here.
Well, we are all fine here, and I have gained steadily since I came
down. The children are grand. We have met so many people, lots of
them from Ireland, and only one from Galway, but she is too proud
to claim any relationship with that grand country.
This has been the coolest day we have had since we came here,
only 72. It was quite a little change from the scorching days we have
had. I suppose you are all having lots of snow, but I think it is pretty
near as nice as this real hot weather we've been having.
Now, Jim, I must finish for this time and will be so anxious to
how how you will get along. Don't get lonely or discouraged, but
cheer up and I know you will get along, and sometimes think of
poor me among the Florida flowers and palms often seeking shelter
under those trees and lonely listening to my own thoughts. It will
take me some time to get acquainted with your new address. Now
[I] have no more to say, only best wishes from Ellen and wishing
you all good luck,
Your fondest Annie xxxxxx