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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
Doc. Type
Word Count1174
Genrevisiting relatives, sending oat meal, friends, social commentary
TranscriptDungannon 5th month 19 1819

My dear Sister
Thy acceptable letter of the 25th of 2nd Month got to hand the 28th ult. I was in Dublin at the yearly meeting at
the time & did not see it untill I got home the 7th inst. After purchasing what goods I wanted I went down to
Carlow to see them, but could only spare a day & a half & two nights to stay with them. John Waring & Sally
Haughton were then preparing to present their marriage, which they did the day but one after I left them, altho
Jno was very poorly indeed, more fit to be in his bed. It took place at Ballitore, and immediately after his return
went direct home & took to his bed. Doctors were called in who pronounced it to be a fever, the last acct (4 days
ago) he was considered better, but has not got what is called the cool; before that, he was quite delirious & very
bad symptoms. If I should get another acct. of him before I close this, will mention it; its a great pity of Sally. As
I put two letters in the Dublin Packet for you from Carlow when I was in the metropolis, I suppose they contain
all the news of that place & any thing I could write would be only a repetition. Sally Murray & her husband lives
in the House next to where you lived.
I send you herewith by the Ceres a small cask of oat meal of the Genuine Bernamake which we reckon
remarkably nice. I have given directions to Thos Bell90 to have the freight of it paid in Belfast and I expect he will
send it as ships store & save the duty. I put some Newry Newspapers a few inches depth in the end marked with
two crosses & this is the best end to open it at. I have written to Uncle Tho [Greeves in Philadelphia] to have it
landed & forwarded to you - we thought it best not to send you much at once, as it might spoil before it would
be used.
I sent thy letter to Carlow & therefore hasnt it to refer to, to answer any questions thee might have asked.
There is one that I recollect, "to know where Thirza [Heaton] is". She was at Jas Webb's until the time I was in
Dublin, when Debby got frightened about her having got a pain in her side & a cough & other bad symptoms,
and she is at present at Wm Locke's. But this was not all; for Tommy Jackson, W'" Sinton's brother-in-law, was
paying his addresses to Thirza & ultimately has asked for her. Wm is not satisfied that it should be a match: in the
first place she is not a member & its said he is a bad disposition. It has gone too far, & she is quite for it, so I heard today Tommy was down in Moyallon asking her Fathers consent, but [I] did not hear the result. She is a nice girl.
He & Joseph is in partnership in a shop in Cutpurse Row within a few doors of Jas Webb's & I believe is doing
tolerable well. Ellen Allen (Edward's wife) died a few weeks ago. also Edwards brother Wm. The Sintons are getting on as well as could be expected, they get full neighbour share101 for the rime. That's where I lodged & Joshua
Lambluz with me; they are getting the House fitted our by degrees.
We are all well & getting on as well as the times will afford. I think I may say that I suppose we get neighbour
share & when this is the case we need not complain. I have not had any conversation with Anne Green or Betty
Grimes since I wrote last, but as I have not heard from thee about them yet, cant say any thing further about either
of them going. I write just as if you were still in Carlow: write us oftener - no letter lately from Jn G. Greeves;
I think the last one was dated the 25th of 2nd Mo., the ven day thy last letter was written. Mary Garratt has got
a daughter some months since which they call Marg Amelia: Mary is not what maybe called quite stout yet. Wm
has taken the Green belonging to ... [Geraghty?] at Farlough.

I wrote you about the 20th of last month by the Delaware from Newry to Philadelphia & I have not learned
whether she has sailed yet or not, & directed it to care of Uncle Thos. Altho there are many discouragements in
America as well as here, there is something pleasing in the idea of being in a land where there is no tyth gatherers
& little for taxes but which cant be done without, & which the people pay as just & necessary - while we are
burthened to keep up a set of men in luxury & extravagance, who neither care for nor perhaps wish us well.
However, be this as it may, I have long been of the mind & particularly so latterly that, whatever situation in life
we are placed in, we shd. endeavor to be content, an old adage "contentment is better than riches". I used to think
a good deal about going to America & at one time thought I would not be out of it now, but many things thee
knows was in the way of my going, which I believe now was for the best. Every one (almost) meets with
discouragements in setting out in the world. I doubt not but it's the case in America as well as here, but in such
trials & indeed always, we should endeavor to hold our minds rightly engaged to look up to him who should
(I fully believe if done in simplicity & truth) direct us what may [be] best to do. I am with dear love to William & my little niece Maria - also Uncles & Aunts Greeves & Morton & Mary,
James & Henry Greeves

Thy very afrct. brother

We are in expectation of seeing Mary Nicholson over here next Month & there is some talk of Mary C Bell
accompanying her to see her father who is not in a very good state of health: however he is now better. Mary
McDonnell spent the Winter at Lawrencetown & is still there. Mary Nicholson cant get her money without
coming for it herself, but I hear she intends going back again. When I was in Dublin I heard talk of Wm E. Doyle
paying his addresses to one of the Clibborns, a daughter of Widow Clibborn of Camden St1U6. She has two
daughters, neither of which is handsome but I suppose has large fortunes. Robert Boardman is gone to New
Orleans: he was rather unfortunate.

c/o Ceres via Philadelphia
Thomas Greeves
54 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia America
For Anne O’Brien