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Title: Greeves, Mary to O'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne, 1847
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderGreeves, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
DestinationCollins, Lake Erie, NY, USA
RecipientO'Brien (n. Greeves), Anne
Recipient Genderfemale
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Word Count478
Genrenews of family, friends and neighbours, greetings
TranscriptPhiladelphia 5lh mo 2nd 1847
My dear Cousin
More than two years have passed away without having heard a word from any of you; brother James has been
urging me to write for some time. My health has not been very good this winter: I did not recruit from last
summer’s extreme heat, but am now better. Brother James is well and about to change his life for the third time
by marrying: it is to take place on the 13th of this month at Springfield Meeting twelve miles from Philad, where
the lady is a member. Her name woman, therefore neither Thomas Greeves nor myself have been introduced to her yet. We are invited to the wedding as are all the Fling family. Caroline and her son Henry, my self and niece Caroline Greeves are to go out together. Brother Henry married in Missouri two years and a half ago to Elizabeth Phelps, twenty nine years when she was married. They have a little James R. Greeves a year old. We hear she is a clever woman. Poor Henry, he stood much in need of help with his family. I hope he is now in a way to make him self and family more comfortable than they have been. His two elder boys are with him, the two younger children are at their grandmothers. Caroline is sixteen and as tall as I am.
…Fling now lives at her son Williams on Broad Street. Nancy McDowd's health is very declining: James and
Thomas have invited her to remain there. I hope she will do so. This information Maria will understand I hope
her self and family are well, are they still in Buffalo?
I was to see Aunt Greeves day before yesterday. She is well and inquired for you and desires her love Mrs Pleasants left her several years ago; old Bathsheba died more than a year ago, so she has a stranger with her now. Several of Maria’s acquaintance are married: Sally Ann Howel lives in the city of N York, Mary Kelly married John Vermule of New Brunswick. Mrs Stuckert where I board has often been confined to her room for four months with paralasis: she requires so much of my time and labour I must go somewhere into the country this summer to test
and recruit.
Is Margaretta still single? Give my love to cousin William and all of your family as if named; there are many of
your neighbours I would like to be remembered to, particularly Mr. and Mrs Huss[e]y. Now, ray dear cousin, I
have given a hasty detail of domestic events; I hope thee will write soon and do likewise. Brother James is also
anxious to hear from you: he now lives at No 510 Chesnut Street. I am still at No 301 North 3d Street.

Affectionately thy cousin
M. Greeves