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Title: Greeves, Thomas to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1819
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderGreeves, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen trader
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginDungannon, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientO'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
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Partial Date
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Word Count875
Genrefamily news, local news, attempted murder, friends
TranscriptMy dear Sister
Least you may not have a letter of so late a date as this one from Carlow, I may just mention what I understand
is shortly to take thee there: John Waring and Sally Haughton are to be married; & Lucy & a young man of
the name of Thompson — the latter I understand are to go immediately afterwards to America; also that thy sister
Sally Murray has got a son, & trade there as here is dull. Wm & Anne Heather, at least the latter, are well but
Billy is complaining sometimes & I believe leads her full as uncomfortable a life as he did in Rathangan. Jas
[Nicholson] & Nancy seem to live agreeably now but they cant [get] her money from Tommy [Greet], which
must inconvenience them. Anna [Nicholson] is at present on a visit with her Uncle Clibborn in Banbridge, &
Jane at James Richardsons, so that there is only Huldah & Charlotte at home. James still speaks at meeting &
once or twice lately did not miss "Ahab & Jezabel". Tommy seems to be a contentious, perplexing man for like
Lucifer when he was cast out of heaven for impropriery, he would not do good himself, but also prevent others
from doing so. Now (I suppose) since he can find no ground of an action at Law against Jn Hogg, he is making
sluces below Jonathon's green, which if he goes on with, will preven r Jonathon compleatly from working in the
time of a flood. Consequently he will have to bring an action against him. As this was only began last week, I would
not wish thee to be speaking of it; & Aunt tells me Uncle Morton used to be a favorite with the Greets & they
with him, & it would not do to be telling him.
We have had a great stir here these few days in consequence of McGlown, who thee may recollect beat Billy
Heather, being under sentence of death in Carrickfergus gaol for conspiring to murder his master, who he lives
with beside Belfast, of the name of Greenlaw. But one of the gang having discovered on the rest, they were taken
before they got their intention executed, which was one of the most diabolical attempts Has been known for a long
time. His master was a batch el or & had his sister living with him, & he was to have rode up to the Hall door with
a blank letter directed for Greenlaw about nine oclock at night and when he would come to the door to receive
the letter he was to have knocked his brains out, then to strangle his sisrer.89 It was at first expected he would have
got off for transportation, but his character was so very bad norhing could save him. His corpse came home on
firsr day night to Killyman to his Fathers & its astonishing how many went to meet it. I suppose the crowd reached
fully two miles long, he was interred in the chapel yard yesterday & had an uncommon large funeral. What does thee think of Maria Malcomson, who was going to run off, as report says, but others say he was going to take her against her inclination. But I have occasion to believe the hirer not to be true: however it's kept very quiet he[re] & it would not do for it to come to A Bell’s ears. The young man talked of was a pedlar of the name of [Andrew] Todd who thee may recollect to have bought goods from me many a time. He is tall but nothing at all about mm that a person could call attracting: of late he has dressed very fine & was as auctioneer she is now on a visit at Rathfriland.
Jane McMeakin has got a respectable situation in England as tutoress & Martha one in Dublin as House
keeper. Robt. [McMeekin] does not lead Mary one bit better life than he used. Wm & Jane Douglass are well &
she had a daughter some time ago. Uncle Billy & Aunt Betty are well and desire their loves to you Ellen Allen
breathed her last about a week ago of consumption & has left twelve children to deplore her loss. I dont know
whether I ever wrote thee of Uncle Johny Christy death: he died of a very malignant… at Lawrancetown, latter end of last year. Mary McDonnell is still alive & her health, I understand, is much improved. Jo Miller's
daughter Mary has got married. Eliza Shaw is going to Dublin to stay some time with her sister Locke"
I have written thee all the news I could collect & hoping to hear from thee soon, may conclude by saying we are all in our best fashion, and am with Dear love to Wm & thee in which I am Joined by Aunt & Jane & Susanna & John - also all the Shaws, L Locke, Jane Bullocke & many others I dont recollect, who desired their ...
thy very afft brother
Susanna will finish ... give my love to uncles & aunts Morton & Greeves & Jas, Mary & Henry also Jno & Anne