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Title: O'Brien, Margaretta to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1845
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderO'Brien, Margaretta
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginBuffalo, NY, USA
DestinationCollins, Lake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
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Transcript[Buffalo] May 19th [1845]

Dear Mother
Today Maria has a woman helping her clean up stairs. We cleaned down stairs last week. We live in the parlor yet,
as the kitchen floor was painted over the second time since we moved in; but I think we will move the stove
tomorrow as the floor is dry and I think that we will get settled this week. Below stairs we have a kitchen with a
bedroom and closit off of it, and parlor with a hall running back to the kitchen and a stareway in it. Up stairs we
have a hall with two bedrooms off of it and at the end of it we have a large room that they are going to use for a
store room. Aunt Susan [Palmer] has given up house keeping and she and Sarah [her daughter Sarah M. Palmer]
has gone to bord with Aunt Elisa. She think it will be cheeper for them to bord than to rent a small house for
her and Sarah to live by themselves.
I have been to a shop a few days and I did not like it. The lady was not very pleasant and there was such a lot
of girles of all sorts and she still expect more. She saved that if they all come there would about seventeen; and ther
was a large coocking stove in the room and out to front windows, and if we had them up and any one looked out,
she would shut them down. I went there three days and a half: she did not scold at me not find any fault with my
work but it made me feel so bad that I did not eat the value of one meal all the time I went to the shop; and Maria
sayed that there was no use of my working there. And then the lady seemed as if she thought that we was obliged
to work for her; she would not let us be idle one minute if she could help it. If she saw one with out work in there
hand she would say you must ask. for work when you have none. I saw but very little but what I knew before, and
Maria sed that Cortes thought thare was no use for me to go to the shop, that I could sew well enough, but they
warn me to stay three or fore week with them and get my dresses and mak them up and fix my white dress. If any
one askes thee what I am doing thee can tell them that I am dressmaking; and if they want to find me, tell them
to inquire at 212 Main St for Mr Candee and he can tell them whare I am.
Maria says that I may tell you that they are all well and thinks when they get settled they will like the place very
well and says to send her love to all. Little bub seems to think the most of me yet he will cry after me and will
not go to his mother. I want thee to write to me and tell me how thee and Ann [Widderfield] gets along with the
work. With Love to all,

thy daughter