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Title: O'Brien, Joseph Sinton to O'Brien, Thomas, 1842
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderO'Brien, Joseph Sinton
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationclerk
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginNYC, USA
DestinationLake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien, Thomas
Recipient Gendermale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count582
Genrework, news, weather
Transcript28th 2 mo.
Thee need never say that thee cannot write a letter again after this. I was very glad to have a letter from thee but
was sorry to hear of thy illness - thee must be careful of thyself so as to be able to help Father in the spring, and
1 will try my best to do so too. I am glad that you have had such a mild winter - all of the country had. It is now
four days since I commenced this letter, but we have three ships that sail today and I have not had a minute to
finish it till today. I suppose that you have done nothing to the mill on account of Father's illness and not having
any sleighing to get the lumber. I want thee to tell Father not to allow A. Varney full price for my boots as they
have nearly worn out and [I] have had to order a pair of new ones this morning. Tell Newton that his letter was
very good but not enough of it. I am glad that you keep up your school and hope it will be of use to you. Remember
me to John D. and tell him that a letter from him would be very acceptable. There has been no snow here since
I have been here of any consequence. Yesterday (first day) was very fine, almost equal to summer.
After dining I took a walk upon the Battery to see a British steamer - she is a fine looking vessel and has been
to the West Indies since she left England. She steams direct from England and ought to have been here a week ago,
and most people thought that she was lost and every one was so anxious about her that it was almost impossible
to get to the Post Office in the morning about the time that the Boston mail arrives.
We were all very much frightened last week when a small building burned down within a few rods of our
house, immediately behind it. It was midnight at the time of the fire and the wind blew very hard directly toward
the house. The alarum wakened me and it was so light in my room that I could have read the finest print and when
I raised my window the sparks and smoke came in. I immediately waked James but Abram knew nothing of it till
morning when it was all over.
Willy [Bell] wants thee to send him a wooden chain and thee can, and I wish that thee would try to, as Abraham
seems to want to see one almost as much as Willy does. And I would like to have thee send a fan also. Tell Anson
and Daniel that I am glad to hear that they are getting along so well in figures. Have you shot any rabbits this
winter? Remember me to Newton and Hervy and Edmund Southwick's and all Pontiac folks. Write soon and let
me know what you are doing, and I think that I deserve a large letter filled well. With love to Daniel and Anson
and thyself, I remain

thy affectionate Brother

Now, Maria, thee must write soon and tell me all the news. Write something for Willy as he often inquires about
thee. Thee will find this letter very poorly composed but thee must excuse me for I have sat down to it for the
twentieth time.