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Title: Greeves, Jane to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1819
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderGreeves, Jane
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhelps in family business
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginDungannon, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
RecipientO'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
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Word Count1685
Genrefamily news, birth, wedding, friends, neighbours
TranscriptBerna 8 month 11th 1819

My dear Sister
I received thy long wished for, and truly acceptable letter, 8 mo 1st and was glad to hear you were well, and Maria
thriving so finely. I suppose she will soon begin to walk and then she will be more troublesome ... Thee has been
at Uncle Jacobs: it is very pleasant for thee to see thy relations in a Distant land, especially such kind ones as thee has met with. Brother William must have been very lonely without thee when thee was away, but thee says it was
he sent thee.
I am at Berna staying while my Mother is in Carlow with Mary who had a son on sixth day was a week and is
recovering finely, the last letter we got; they intend calling him George, I suppose for George Taylor. My Mother
says he is a very fine child. I expect my Mother will be home shortly, which I would be very glad of as I am so lonely
here. She is six weeks away now. We expect she will have little Anna home with her: she will be fine company for
us if [she] comes.
Thee will be surprised to hear of poor Bern- Mullens death, who died about three weeks ago of a pluracy
[pleurisy] which carried her off in 11 days. She was sensible to the last - I seen her the evening before she died
but did not speak to her as she did not like to speak. She would [have] liked to have seen my Mother before she
died but she was in Carlow. She took her leave of Thomas & my Father and did not expect to live from she took it. She was scout all summer - more so than for a long time before and had her appitite better. She left any little
thing she had to El en, who will miss her greatly. She is living at Jemmys now. Poor Betty was very fond of thee
and was talking of thee on her death bed; she was an affectionate old body, but is now no more.
Sarah Pike had a son139 about the time Sister Mary was confined and is getting finely again, and also Mrs
Bartley. Major Hartleys wife: a son and heir which is great joy. He is called sir Robert Hartley. She was not out
for six weeks before it, expecting it every day, and kept a young lady waiting there all that time. Doctor Dickson
had a letter from Mary [Dickson] lately and she is married in India to an Englishman whose name is Watson. He
has 1500 per year: he is Captain of some ship, but is to be discharged in 6 years with that pension from
Government. Then they ate to come over to Ireland to live. He is a man of thirty two years of age, which is not
reccond very old for so great a match. Anne [Dickson] is not married yet, nor is there any talk of her going to be
married; she is not near so proud as she used to be; she is at the salt water now but is expected home shortly.
Susanna & I spent several very pleasant nights at the Doctors in winter, and the Doctor as also the rest of the family
are often asking for thee. We are very busy this week getting the roof taken off the scullery and dairy and getting
it slated in the new again before Mother comes home, and to get the house cleaned as thee knows she likes to see
it clean. I expect it will be finished at the end of the week, (it is an expensive job).
Thee wishes to know how the Hoggs and the Nicholsons131 and us get on. Just pretty much the same way as
when thee left this. We visit at James's and they with us. There is none of them at home at present but Hulda and
she has a very bad coff that she cant get shook off, and if it continues it might be of dangerous consequence. Anna
is in Ban bridge at her Uncle Cliborns & Jane is in Lisbourn in James N Richardsons, and Charlotte in Beech
Grove staying with Sarah [Pike] untill she recovers; she is quite the young woman now too, she has got her hair
turned up like Eliza Hogg & they are very thick still. Eliza is free enough with us now as we have got out of the
line of children a little. Lucy Locke & Jane Bullackger on in the old way hut Mr Roach left this and gone to Dublin
and I dont hear of her going to be married to any one since; and as for Jane Bullocke she is never to marry if she is true but I would not trust for all that. Mary Bullocke, Janes mother, lives with them this long time and is not likely to go home as Robert is very bad to her. They visit a great deal still; we sometimes go down when the shops are shut to sit a while. I hey are always asking when we heard from thee and desired me to give their love to thee the first time I would write; as also Sally Dickson, all Jonny Shaws family, William & Peggy Pike, Uncle Billy &
Aunt Betty, Thomas Malcomson, Betty Grimes, Jenny, Billy & Margt Carson & Mary & Biddy Courtney and a
good many others! dont remember.
I suppose Thomas has told thee before this about Thirza Heaton being married, but least he did not I will tell
thee who it is to, to Thomas Jackson. William Sincons brother in taw: they were married in Moyallon by a Minister
and so on to Lisbourn and staid a day or two there and from that to Dublin. My Aunt Deb by went to Church
with them (when they were married) as none of her relations could go least they should be disowned, he being in
membership. Jo Miller has got all his Daughters married. Mary was about three weeks ago to a young man whose
name is Simmerton and Sally was married this year before to lames Lipseys brother in law Ball, so Jo had not much
trouble in getting off his daughters.
I dont heat any word of Brother Thomas going to be married but we are still quizzing him about Anna Shaw;
but whether there is any thing of it or not I cant say. But perhaps I may tell thee more in the next letter. We all
live together as usual in town and are very comfortable — we just want thee to make us up. I have never given up
the notion that I will see thee yet and I hope that will [be] before long, tho I dont know what you would do here,
trade is so bad (yet we have not much reason to complain). But the plan is, if you could save anything worth while then to come over, bur if you dont be making anything then you may as well be here for that part of it and
we would all be so glad to sec you and I think it would do my Dear Mother a great deal of good. She did not care
for going to Carlow when you were not there, for she once thought the next time she would go there that she would
have your house to go to, and being there will still help to remind her afresh of you, for which she has no occation,
for she thinks too much about you and does herself harm.
I am growing very rail since thee seen me: I am M of an inch taller than Susanna & is brave and'32 fat along
with it. Some people say that I am a little like thee, which I take as a great compliment. I have thy profield [profile]
framed and hung up in my Mothers room and wears a ring of thy hair sometimes, so thee 1 may say with truth
tho Absent not forgotten. I often think of the many pleasant hours we spent together and how close I used to lie
to thy back in winter. I think thee required some warm body to thy back last winter. I was often thinking of thee
and the cold, how thee could beat it from which I have heard, and then the heat of summer will be nearly as bad.
I often wish I was near thee that 1 might do something for thee, and I would be so delighted to nurse Maria as I
said in my last. Kiss her for me, I have some hopes of soon doing it myself They are all in bed here and I am siting
up in die Garret writing this half asleep, as I have been up since before 6 this morning and was away batheing. It
is delightful weather and the crops look uncommon well. I had not long time to write this as I have to send it in
at 6 in the morning. Deaf knows whether thee will make this out or not, but r\thee will excuse me as I am so sleepy
and has so little time to write. The next letter I write I will send thee more news. Tis not worth while sending this
so far but I know thee will be glad to get it, such as it is. I did not know Thomas was going to write untill this
evening or I would have had some of this written and so would not have done it so badly. I have written all I have
room for, so must conclude with dear dear love to my dear Brother William & Maria & also to thyself and blieve
me, my dear Anne, to be

thy truly Affect Sister

William and Susanna desire their dear love to thee and Brother: Adieu once more, adieu. Write to me soon but
write to Susanna first.

Anne OBrien