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Title: Greer (n. Owden), Margaret to Candee, Margaretta Jane, 1869
CollectionThe Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family_1818-1877 [B. Jackson]
SenderGreer (n. Owden), Margaret
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender ReligionQuaker
OriginSea Park, near Belfast, N. Ireland
DestinationBuffalo, NY, NYC
RecipientCandee, Margaretta Jane
Recipient Genderfemale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count648
Genrefamily, photographs
TranscriptSeapark Dec 10/69

My dear Cousin
I asked my Mother [Jane Owden] to allow me to answer your letter of the 2nd of November for her. You will be
glad to hear that her health is much improved. She was very ill for several months in Spring and we had a very
little hope of her recovery but she has greatly improved under Dr. Barter's hydropathic treatment and has now gone
to his Establishment near Cork for the winter, as the climate is milder than with us. She performed the journey
with less fatigue than we could have hoped and has kept pretty well since she went.
My husband with my children-and self intend going next week to spend some time with her. She was much
pleased to receive your letter and we are to hear th.it Aunt Anne has benefitted by the change to New York and
hope that she will get over the winter without illness. It is a rather unhealthy season here. Scarletina is very common
and we have as usual a good deal of rain.
Thank you much for the photographs, will you not send your own? It is very pleasant to have likenesses of our
friends especially of those who are far away. It is impossible to image correctly the faces of those you have never
seen but when you see photographs you almost seem to know the persons. We were pleased to hear of your brother's happy marriage. We can well imagine what a pet the Baby must
be with you all. It is so interesting to watch the unfolding of the little mind. Our little son is becoming very
amusing, he is nearly 8 months old. He makes great attempts to get on his feet & can stand at a chair if allowed,
but we do not think it well to let him bear his own weight at all yet, as he is a fat little thing. He knows his Papa
& me very well & is very pleased to see us. Helena, our little girl, is past four years old. She is a good child and
healthy. She is very fond of her little brother. She has learned some little texts and hymns which she can say pretty
well. I think it of importance to impress on a child's mind the love of the Lord to us and not make them afraid of
Him, but to teach them to lay all their wants and even all their little troubles before Him, as we are encouraged
to do in the Bible. "He that spared not His own son but gave him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also
freely give us all things".
My husband goes to Belfast every day to attend to my Fathers business. I suppose that my Mother mentioned
his partner's death, Mr. Jonathon Richardson some months ago.
We are pleased to hear that your Mother's health is so good and that your Aunt's so much improved.
There is to be a marriage in January of one of your cousins - Lizzie, or more properly Elizabeth Greer Greeves
(daughter of Uncle Thomas and Aunt Rachel Greeves), is going to be married to Anthony Thomas Jackson, son
of Thomas Jackson and brother to the wives of John and Thomas M. Greeves, brothers of Lizzie. I hope that
you will understand. I am very bad at tracing relationships myself!
My Father enjoys good health of late and is with my Mother at Si Anns Hill. My Mother did not tell me
where Alfred Pim or his family live. I do not think that she knows their address or if they live in New York.
With love to yourself, Aunt Anne and all with you in which my Mother unites. Believe me

your affectionate cousin
Margaret O. Greer

Excuse had writing, I cannot emulate your beautiful penmanship.