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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
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Word Count722
Genrefamily news
TranscriptBemagh 5 mo. [1819]

My dear Ann
I was sorry to find by thy last letter to Thomas that thee was not as content as I could wish thee to be, but I hope
that before this thee is got better reconciled to the place. But I am afraid a country place will never do for Williams
business. I am glad to hear you all got your health so well and that the child is thriving so well: I often wish that
I could see it: I got the hair and think it is the colour of thine own. And so George and Jane [Valentine] is gone
[from German town] to the wild woods. I suppose you mis them very much. I never liked America and now the
name is enough for me.
I expect Mary Nicholson is on her way home. I believe she was disappointed in her ideas of America, as well
as many others. I hear no word of her uncle James family going. There, is a great many gone this spring, Sally
McGuire and her sister among the rest. Thomas did not go. They went with their aunt. Thy Father wrote to
William some time ago. At week rime Mary [O'Brien] was very poorly: she was in the way of miscarrying but is
now got quite well again: she expects to be confined in 7 month. I intend to go up to her. I think 1 will find it
very different from the last time I was there: there is so many is left Carlow but I will miss none so much as my
dear William, for he was very attentive to me when I was there last. I am thinking of fetching Anna home with
me if they will let her come. She would be nice company for me, for I am lonesome: Jane is very little of her time
heer. Thy Father has been poorly with the cold, but he is better; he is got very fat and looks better than he did this
many years: he is getting a great Belly on him - he says he is afraid it is not wholsom fat. His back keeps finely. I
am pritty well but is thin as ever. Sister Molly in her best fashion.
I suppose thee will be surprised when I tell thee I have not seen Sister Debby since she was married. I cant bear
the thoughts of going to Moyallon for I am not a bit better reconciled to the match yet. She sent me word that
she intened to come to see me soon. I dont intend going there this summer.
Thee wished to know if Mary McD[onnell] went to France. She was tired of the sea in days as they weare drove
back, so returned to the North; and has been at James Christys ever since her Father is ded. I hear Peggy dont
like America - Mary O'Brien had a letter from her. Be sure to give my deer love to John and wife and that I am
very much obliged to them for their kindness to thee. I am sure it is a great mattet thee is so near them.
As Thomas and Susanna is writing to thee I know they will write all the news that is going, but yet I thought
that thee would like to get a letter from me. I wrote to thee about two months ago. I expect thee will write every
oppertunity and let us know how you are getting on. I am afraid you will meet with many unpleasant things
before you get quite settled to your mindes. I wish you had never went. There [They are] all in bed but myself;
the girl I have is got too fond of her bed to sit up for me. We have sent thee the male [meal], which I hope will
go safe; durst not put anything in with the male for feer It might be taxed, though I wished to send thee something.
This is very bad writing: dont let Wm. see it, but thee can read it to him. With dear love in which thy Father joins,
to thee and W. I am thy affet Mother: give our love to Uncle and Aunt Greeves and the rest of our friends
Margaret Greeves