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Title: Greeves, Thomas to O'Brien, William, 1843
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
DestinationCollins, Lake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien, William
Recipient Gendermale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count472
Genreproperty, money, family news
TranscriptDungannon 2nd month 1st 1843

Dear Brother Wm O'Brien
I have been so long in replying to thy letter respecting thy neighbour's claim to property he supposes to be in
Dublin, that thee may have concluded that I had overlooked it altogether. But this has not been the case, for soon
after the receipt of thine (which just now, would be difficult for me to lay my hands on), I applied to my attorney
to look after it & see if anything could be done to recover it, without running risk of laying out much money in
doing so; & it is not very long since he told me, that it was a useless search & that if it even could be traced out,
it could not be recovered on acct of it being chattle property. So very long has elapsed, so that whatever likelihood
there might have been, it has long since passed by — 6 years being the statute of limitations. The expense is not
much, only amounting to $1.50 of your money.
On the other side I send thee letter of credit for £5 - in thy favour. Part of this is a ballance which has remained
in my hands for a considerable time, of a proportion of the bequest I sent thee on sister Annes behalf, some years
since; & I have put some little to it myself to make it an even sum & which I hope will go safe.
I would like to have a letter from thee or Anne at any time you would be inclined to write me. Rachel & the
children are pre try well & as for myself I am frequently ailing, between bad digestion, a disorganized liver & a
delicate chest. I am pre try often unwell in the winter, bur in summer, when we have warm dry air & that I get out
to the country I find myself pretty well. I have taken the care of Bernagh off my Fathers hands & had it in my
possession last year, trying to put both Houses & farm in better order than they were & which they wanted badly;
but I found I could make little use of the house for the family, or farm the whole land to profit & I have the
houses &£ about 10 acres of the land (including the Garden) let for one year to a clergyman of the Established
Worship. I did so in hopes that something might open against then, for our going out to live partially there & to
keep the House aired, but at present I cannot see how it may be - there is much to be said against it. I remain with
dear love to Ann, thyself, & all the children in which my Rachel unites, thy affect Brother
Thomas Greeves