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Title: Greeves (n. Sinton), Margaret to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1819
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderGreeves (n. Sinton), Margaret
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginDungannon, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientO'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count909
Genrecorrespondence, family news,
TranscriptBernagh, 2 mo 20th 1819

My dear Ann
I received thy long wished for letter, for I was very uneasy about you, as we had not any but the one you wrote
from New York. We received Williams on the same day, with the account of thy confinement and since that Mary
has sent us a letter wrote by thyself a month after, by which I am glad co heat thee mended so well. Many anxious
hour I have had about thee, but now I feel a good deal easier; since I hear thy friends are so kind and attentive to
thee. I hope thee will discover things in thy power to make thyself agreeable to them. It's a pitty thee could not
go and see my Brothers as they wish to see thee so much, but I dont think that William would like to want thee
and the child so long.
I wish I could see it but fear that will never be, but I hope you will not transport your selves where George T.
is. You would find it very different. Thee is now among friends and thy relations, and kind ones too, and if you
find business does prim- well, I hope you may settle near or where you are. I cant bear the thoughts of you going
to them wild woods where it would be so hard to hear from you. I am afraid William will sett himself up working
too hard, as I know he will do everything in his power to make thee comfortable: and it will not be in thy power
to do much to help him, but I expect thee will make it thy studdy to make him happy. I know thee is good
humored and not fretful, but I cannot [say] I am not fretful now, for I have fretted more since thee went away and
Sister Debbys marriage than ever I did in my life. Nor will I ever be satisfied about her taking George Gacie
[Joyce]; as Jane has wrote to thee all about them I will say no more until thy Father returns from Moyallon. He
went there on six day and this is first day and not home yet.
jane is with me: she has been mostly all winter in town with [brother] John, so thee may think what a lonesome
winter I have passed. But sure I am turned shopkeeper. I go in every market day all winter to help [brother]
Thomas, and I can do much better than I thought I could. Thomas has put the parlour into the shop, and its a
fine roomy one now; the customers are still asking for thee. Susanna is coming on finely in the shop, but is so
constant in the shop that she cant get sewing: I have to make and mend for them all, for John has been poorly
most part of the winter, so I got little help from Jane. Thee wishes to know how my stomach is: it's a great dail
better of late, but still I have little turns of it. Thy Father has been better this winter with his back than these
several years past, and looks better. He weighs 13 stone. Brother Billy is finely; Sister Betty the old thing [i.e. unchanged]: they are often asking for thee. They desire there dear love to you boath.
Betty Mullens desires to be remembered to thee. I give Betty Moors curtens to her sister Nancy last summer
for she was very badly off for cloas: she has made a gown and a quilt of them. She has lost her health and not able to do much, thee may tell Betty about them. We have Maria's hair, I think it will be the colour of thine own; be
sure and not learn her bad fashions at night, the way Mary did John, to give thyself unnecessary trouble.
I expect thee will write often and let us know how you are getting on, and how the child is thriving; give our
dear love to Brother Tom and wife, and thy Uncle4s and Aunt Morton; Mary Greeves and Brothers; their Aunt
Sally Harpur50 had a son died lately by a fall from his horse. Mary has been poorly this while past, something the
same way she was the time of the Carlow Meeting before thee was married. Thomas and Jane has wrote thee all
the news that is going, but thee knows I am bad at writing news at any rate.
Fourth day
I have just got the staits on the lodge and beautiful day it is, though hard frost.
I am often thinking how thee bears the cold and keeps the child warm. Sister Mollie has been hut twice here all this winter. Though the forepart was very fine, there has been good dail of rain lately. Thy Father returned from Moyallon 2nd day: he spent evening with Sister Debby - she says she is quite happy and content. What Jane wrote thee about them, dont write anything about it to my Brothers for fear they might write about it to Brother Sam: he is very angry about the talk and if he thought we would write about it he would be more so.
Thy father's and my dear love to William, John and Ann Wright, George and
Jane Valentine. With a large [share] to thyself I am

thy ever aff Mother
Margaret Greeves