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Title: Greeves, John Sr to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1825
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderGreeves, John Sr
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen trader
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginArmagh, N.Ireland
DestinationLake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
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Partial Date
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Word Count782
Genreher mother's decease, news of family, inquires about her present situation, trade, politics
TranscriptArmagh 8th of 5 mo 1825

My dear Ann
It is a Long time since I adressed thee with a few lines and perhaps, un ... able as this may be, it will not be
unexceptionable from thy aged Father. Thou hath heard of the Decease of thy Dear Mother, which hapened one
years the 18th of 3 mo last, the loss of whom no one feels equal to myself She was a Dear Companion: I trust she
is enjoying the fruision of an inocent life. Her suffering was so great for the last year, it was desirable to see her
releaced out of the body. May her dear children & grandchildren follow her example in meekness & gentleness.
Altho I have a good deal to attend to, I feel very lonely at times. I am now in the 65 year of my age, cant expect
my stay here will be verry long: may I be prepared for that awfull event which is the wish of my heart at times.
Perhaps thou hath heard ere this of the death of poor Ann OBrien who lived with Dan & Mary. She rook a fever,
I think about 2 months ago: altho she had good medical attendance all was of no avail. Her loss to the family is
verry great. The rest of the family hath escaped the disorder so far, which is a cause of great thankfulness; the last
accts say they are all well. Dan & his son John was at the Dublin meeting.
I hope ere this you have recd the box with a variety of articles sent from Dung, as also an Order on A Bell for
23£ Irish, he deducting freight & duty of the box & articles therein, but Thos letter I expect fully informed the
contents &c. It is a long time since any of us had a letter from you. Do write as often as you can. I am aware of
the many difficulties you may have to go through, and I have no doubt, were you in this country, that your
difficulties would be considerable &, dear Ann, endeavour to be content: thou hath a good affectionate husband
and I hope thy dr children will be obedient as they grow up. I hope you will shew them a good example for I believe
it will go rather than presept.
I am pleased to hear that your stock is encreasing, which is a cause of great thankfull ness. I dont recolect hearing
what quantity of land Wm purchased: let me know in thy next the number of acres &c &c. Some of us was
chinking that if you could remove to Buffalo or some other good town & set up store keeping, that thee and the
children as they wd grow up could attend to the business and Wm could attend to this trade, that perhaps you
could make it out a little more comfortable; but at the same time wd not wish anything I say to induce you to
leave the farm without due consideration to be in best wisdom to be right
Emancipation hath passed the house of Commons but is thought will be thrown out in the house of Lords. It is feared if it do not pass this cession that there will be Great Discontent; many of the prodestants is anxious that it may pass; indeed there is great hart burnings with the people in this kingdom. Dear Ann. I dont feel
myself capable of writing much news, but hopes thy brother & sisters who is more adequate will give thee full
information when they write. Conclude with dear love to Wm & children

thy afft. Father
John Greeves

PS - Altho I thought I had concluded I cant help saying something more of thy Dear Mother. I attended her closely the last few weeks of her… [throu]gh the whole she bore her sufferings with the most exemplary patience, never murmuring but frequently praying that her patience might hould out to the end. She departed without sigh or
struggle and perfectly in her senses; while I write I feel thankfull that she was spared with me so long. We lived in much mutual harmony for 35 years: may her dear descendents experience same experience same is the sincere wish of thy afft. Father

I suppose thee heard of the decease of sister Betty. Billy [Uncle William Greeves 1750-1831] is also a lonely widower - Sister Molly is verry poorly this most of this spring - our relations in general pretty well. I feel the effects of old age, with pains in my limbs &c occasioned by long standing behind the counter.