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Title: Greeves, John Sr to O'Brien, William, 1832
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderGreeves, John Sr
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen trader
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginLisburn, N.Ireland
DestinationLake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien, William
Recipient Gendermale
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Genrebill, wishes him well in new farm, cholera, politics
TranscriptLisburn 11 mo 19th 1832

Dear Wm
Thy brother Dan reed a letter from thee dated the first of 8 mo last, which came to my hands, and was glad to
find you were all pretty well when it was wrote. The present incloses Malcomson & Bell's Draft on A. Bell & Co
at sight for D 88/88 cents which thy brother Dan &c my son Thos and myself take the liberty of sending to thee.
The second Bill I expect will be forwarded some time shortly, at which time I hope some of my family will write
thee more fully.
I understand by thy letter that you have got into a new farm, which I hope may be to your benefit and
satisfaction. We much regret that you have to be tossed about from place to place without having a permanent
settlement. Thou mentions a good deal of the timber is cut down, but I suppose not cleared off the land which I
hope thou will be enabled to get pretty much cleared of this summer. It is pleasant to find that thou will not have
so much rent or interest to pay yearly as formerly, as I think it would be a great burthen to have much rent or
interest in your country. I often think of you and could wish that I was enabled to do more.
I may say rh rough Infinite Mercy I enjoy a pretty good share of health, considering my advanced age. My two
daughters Susanna & Jane still continues with me with sister Mary, all of which are pretty well at present, altho
surounded with the cholera. It is greatly diminished in Belfast: our town has had so far but 4 or 5 cases, most of
which terminated fatally. I had a letter this day from my son Thos that the colera was verry bad in Dungannon -
several deaths in the street where he lives. The inhabitants seems to be greatly alarmed. It is but lately that it has
visited that place, and 16 or 17 orphans whose fathers and mothers are deceased. Many parts of this land has been
severly vissited. I understand that it has reached as far as Buffalo w but dont extend so much to the country places,
which is the same here.
By the last accts from Carlow they seem all well, but this country is much agitated about the people refusing
to pay the tyth. In many places their cattle are brought to auction, & no one dare bid for them. The Govement
has taken the arair [arrears] of tyth in their own hands and enforcing paymt. What the end of it will be is hard to
say; many lives has been lossed on acct of tythe.
We are all wishing you to write to us every opertunity, which wd be great... to hear how you were getting on.
I hope Ann is getting ... she ... a long time ill after her late confinement. In the next letter I expect some of the
girls will give you more news than I can. I think this was one of the finest seasons that I ever saw, the crops are so
abundant: wheat is about 10/- or 11/- per FF [?], peatoes 1½ to 2d p stone and other things in proportion. I wish
we may be truly thankfull rot these many favours. Conclude with Dr love to Ann & children which the girls &
sister unites

Thy afft father
John Greeves
Stamped: per packet ship Josephine
Abraham Bell & Co. Owners
No. 33 Pine St New York

William O'Brien
Collins Post Office
County Erie, State of New York America