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Title: Greeves, John Sr to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1834
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 (n. Greeves), Anne
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfather-in-law - son-in-law
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count582
Genrenews of family and friends
TranscriptLisburn 2 mo 5 th 1834

Dear Wm
I wrote to thee about the 26th of 11 mo last enclosing the first Bill of Exchange. I now send the second, least the
first has not come to hand.
Since I wrote thee last thy Br Dan and his family hath met severe affliction, by fever in the family. The servant
girl took it first, and shortly after Mary took it and remaind about 2 weeks and was getting better, but relapsed after being up for a day or 2 and continued for about 2 weeks longer and cook a complaint in her bowels which turned
to mortification, and expired in a day or two after, and by all accts in an agreeable frame of mind giving at entervals
suitable advice to her husband and children. I expect Dan will write you a more full acct than I can give. She died
about the 2d of 12 mo. Several of the children hath had the disorder and ail pretty much hath recovered: the last
of them, George, hath been confined 6 or 7 weeks and is able to sit up a little. It is an old saying that one sorrow
seldom comes alone. Dan hath several boats trading between Waterford & Dublin and took in a large quantity of
malt for Dublin from some man in the neighborhood, and gave him a rect or Bill of leading [lading] for the same,
who forwarded it to Dublin to his correspondent there and obtained £300 on it. It apeared that the duty was not
paid on the malt, and the Excise officers took it up and had it sold. The people in Dublin who advanced the
money brought an action against Dan who recovered it to the full and with costs; poor Dan had to go to Dublin
the day after he buried Mary to attend the lawsuit - thou may guess the situation that he and his family is and
hath been in.
When we understood the dangerouse way Mary was in I sent Susanna off as fast as I could - but she was
deceased before she arrived - and hath been there ever since untill this 3 or 4 days: untill I could let her stay no
longer, as Jane had taken a sore throat (or quinsey), which continued 5 or 6 days untill it broke, and is now getting
better but still confined to the room. I had none but a little aprcnrice girl to assist me in the shop, which obliged
me to have Susanna home. My son John hath been ill and confined to his bed this 8 or 10 days. The last acct, seems
he is a little better: I think [it] was mostly cold or epidemic complaint which is verry prevalent. This hath been a
verry wet season & stormy: I think verry few hath remembered so wet a time. I hope thee and the family enjoy
good health. I would like some of you wd write oftener and let us know how you are getting on. Sister Molly is
still able to stir about, but frequently ailing. Through mercy I enjoy a tolerable share of health; the calamity that
hath fallen on poor Dan and family hath affected us much. Perhaps some of the girls may add a few lines in this.
I remain with Dr [love] to Ann & the children

thy affct Father
John Greeves
Under the ... [seal?] a small token of 10/-