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Title: Greeves, Thomas to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1840
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderGreeves, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginDungannon, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationLake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count609
Genresending money, news of family and friends
TranscriptDungannon 3rd month 16th 1840

My dear Sister Anne
Above I send thee Brother David Malcomson's draft at sight on Abraham Bell & Co New York for 5 pounds sterl,
a present from my Dear Father & myself to thy daughter Maria to assist her in an outfit on her contemplated visit
to our friends in Newyork, where I hope she will be the ensuing summer, to her advantage.
I duly recd thine & Wms letter last year bur, as I sent it to Lisburn after reading it, I cannot refer to die date,
but was pleased to receive it & one at any time you can write me. I regret the disappointment of the “Irish
Friend” nor getting to hand, I find they had been forwarded at different times through the course of the last
year, to the Houses of Isaac T Hopper, Saml Thompson, & Abraham Bell & Co of New York & I think it
strange that none of them have got to hand. I expect to write to Uncle Abraham in a few days & intend desiring
him to have enquiry made & forward them; & if you have an oppty, have them enquired for. I intend sending with
this to Brother [in-law] David [Malcomson] in Liverpool to forward, the three Nos which has been published this
year & on perusal I would like to hear how you like it.
I was at our Quarterly Meetg at Lisburn this month & was greatly pleased to find our Dear sister Jane well &
looking fat & remarkable well. She is a great comfort to our aged parent, being active & clever at business, more
so than I ever recollect her. We very often hear from them as our postage is now only a penny for every letter not
exceeding half an ounce & prepaid through the whole 3 kingdoms, but if not prepaid the postage is 2d.
I understood when in Lisburn my sisters had written thee very recently, so that they would be likely to give thee
all the news. John G. O'Brien is mending apace, he is now able to go out: I saw him last week. Aunt Molly & Father
arc both declining, particularly the former, but on the whole both look as well as I expected to see them.
Thos Greer of Rhone Hill is no more. He died about two weeks since rather suddenly, he had several paralytic
attacks but it was water on the chest took him off. The other Thos Greer, (my Uncle Wms Brother) is also
removed some months since. Jacob Green is still in the United States but I understand it is not likely he will be
in your part, as I understand your yearly Meetg is one of those that has seperated from what are called the
orthodox. My dear Rachel unites in love to thee & thine as if named & I remain

thy affct brother
Thomas Greeves

Under the seal thou wilt find a small gold coin of you r country. I think it is 2½ dollars value. Do your newspapers
go postage free through the States as ours do here.
I observe what thou says about thy son Thos health. I also find exercise on horseback the best thing I can do
for my health. I never had to use tarteremetic ointment so severely. I used a cold shower bath for two years winter and summer, which I thought of service & prevented my taking cold, this winter I got cough & had to leave it
off. I am now well & use as much horse exercise as I can.

William O'Brien