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Title: O'Brien, Maria Wright to O'Brien, Margaretta, 1841
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderO'Brien, Maria Wright
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationLake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien, Margaretta
Recipient Genderfemale
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Word Count470
Genrenews of family, socialising
TranscriptMy Dear Sister,
Although my letter is nearly full, I will answer thy kind and welcome letter. I am so glad that you are all so well
and getting along so nicely without being sick, although it is such a sickly season in that vicinity. I was truly
surprised to hear about Zach Rises death also about Aunt Smith. I see by Joseph's letter that you have had a good
many weddings in that neighborhood this winter. Tell Mary Ann that I am sorry to disappoint her and Mrs
O'Brien (or Mrs Oliver) but really I cannot take a great deal of... to please them. Tell her that they will have to
excuse me till some time in May or June to come home and perhaps later - all is uncertain. I would like to come
home as soon as the navigation opens in the spring if I could, but I hardly know what to do about it. Tell Mother
with my love that I wish she would tell me what to do about it, all things considered.
I was very glad to hear from our friends in Pontiac and likewise in Collins - please give my love to all who
ate so kind as to enquire about me. I went to the Jewish synagogue last 7th day and have also been to the Catholic
Cathedral, and I expect to go to see the Panorama of Jerusalem next week if nothing happens, and will tell you
all about the holy city when I come home. I often wish that thee could be with me and see all the things that I
have seen, as I think that if Aunt comes home with me I will get her to take thee home with her instead of me.
I will not say anything to her about it till we are there, as she might think thee too young for an escort to an old
woman. I will tell thee what Cousin Mary Greeves said when 1 read your letter to her: she was very much pleased
with it and praised it a great deal, but she said I must tell thee not to say "I take up my pen" whenever thee writes
a letter. I can say no more except farewell.

Thy afft sister
Maria O'Brien

I do not like to depend on Aunt going, but would like to be so I could go as soon as I chose in the spring.
With love to you all I remain
thy affectionate daughter
Maria Wright O'Brien

Joseph, when thee writes, pay the postage - I would have no difficulty in getting it then as they would leave it at
the door. Cousin James wrote to Father a few days before Christmas and he had no answer yet, which he thinks
is very strange.