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Title: Greeves, John Sr to O'Brien, William, 1837
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
Relationshipfather-in-law - son-in-law
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Word Count510
Genrewishes him well on his hardship, economy, family
TranscriptLisburn 3 mo 11th 1838

Dear Wm
I reed thine and Anns letter about 2 or 3 weeks ago, and am sorry to find that the state of the times is so verry gloomy
with you. I think since you went to that quarter of the country you had bad success as to the things of this world
but I trust you are not suffering from want. I think the great number of Banks in your State as well as here hath
done a deal of harm by sending so much Octiciouse capital afloat, which enabled unprincipald speculators to take
advantage of the honest Industriouse part of the community and caused every article &c to be raised above its real
value. I dont wonder at the government endevoring to check the banking system. In this country is something
similar but not quite so bad: some time ago the people here [were] what might be called banking mad, but it has
got a check & the poor honest dealer will be in a fair footing. It was the easy way of raising cash here that caused
Dan to hold out so long & paying such enormous interest. The poor weavers here are in a bad way many of them
cannot get work & what is employ is little more than half wages & other mechanicks is partly reduced likewise
It mail [meal] & peotatoes was at a high price, I do not know what wd become of the lower classes We are likely
to have the Poor Law here, which will be a heavy burden on the country, with the other taxes.
We see by the newspapers the unpleasant state of the Canada., but seems that the rebellion is supressed for
the present.
Through adorable Mercy I still am in the land of die living but the latter end of this winter hath been so verry
severe with frost & snow that it affected many of us old people, and sister & I hath reason to be thankful we are
still able to stir about. Poor dear Jane is still confined in the Retreat, & cant say is improved since we wrote last
I endevor at times to be reconciled [to] the will of divine providence, believing that he will order all things for
the best to them that put their trust in him. I expect Susanna will fill up this sheet and is able to give you more
information than I can. I write this with an iron pen: our former penmaker (Dear Jane) is far from us. I am pleased
to hear that your son is so much better: as he hath youth on his side there may be hopes of his recovery. I trust
the rest of the children may be preserved to you and be a comfort in your declining years. Our much respected
friend Jacob Green intends paying another visit to your country this summer; he is in good esteem among us
I remain with dear love to Ann & children

thy afft Father
John Greeves