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Title: Greeves (n. Emlen), Mary to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1836
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderGreeves (n. Emlen), Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationLake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count510
Genrereminiscing, family, visiting
TranscriptPhiladelphia 1836 April 23d

My Dear Ann,
I think I hear thee exclaim how unexpected a letter from Aunt Greeves. Now let me see one from thee in short
order, for I shall be looking out every post. My mind oft wanders back, to the many Days we so pleasantly spent
together in Chesnut St., and I must say only the greate distance between us prevents my comeing to pay you
frequent visits, and sending you often tokens of my rememberance. I wish thee to write and give me a proper
direction how I can get a Box full of useful Articles conveyd to you & direction I must put on it. Also the names
and Age of youre Children, how you are getting along &c &c, as I feel much interest in your wellfair. I say again
- Answer this as soon as thee receives it by the next Post: procrastination is the thief of time.
I much regret not seeing our Cousen Gresons. Mary Greeves promised to bring them out to see. It would have
afforded me much pleasure to have any of our relations to entertain at my Own House, and I have many Articles
I wished to present to Margaret. Among them was a miniature of thy Uncle [Thomas Greeves] & a gold brest pin
with her grandmother Greeves [Mary Morton's] hair in. If ever I meet with suitable Oportunity I would like to
send them to Ireland to my sister Mary Greeves [Aunt Molly] or some other of the family. I dare to say our Cousens
would injoye themselves: I always indeavour to make my visitors as much at home and comfortable without form
or fuss -Thee is witness to that. Haveing their company would make mee feel towards them as if it was thy second
self. I hope when writes to thy Native Land thee will inform them what a Disappointment and give my best love
to them and all our other relatives.
I should like to meet with a suitable oportunity to pay you a visit but see not prospect at present. As a substitute
we must indeavour to keep up a regular Correspondence and communicate our sentiments in that way. Henry
Greeves is Sold his House and removed with his family (10th of 4 mo last) to a settlement laid out by parson Ely.
It is cald Merrion City in the state of Missouri. I hope he will suckseed in his undenakeing. His prospect is to -
he intends to - build a mills and become partner in the consern when finished. He left hear the 10th of April and will not reach them for two or three … … [months], as I understand he is going by the way partly by sea upon account of takeing his furniture and a great number of tools and Other useful things
With much love to William thyself and Children, I remain

thy truly well wisher
PS when thee writes to me, Direct to Mrs Mary E. Greeves to Care of Caleb E. Pleasants