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Title: O'Donnell, Annie to Phelan, James, 1901
CollectionYour Fondest Annie: Letters from Annie O'Donnel to James P.Phelan [A. O'Donnell]
SenderO'Donnell, Annie
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationchildren's maid
Sender Religionunknown
OriginSpring Lake, New Jersey, USA
DestinationIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
RecipientPhelan, James
Recipient Gendermale
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Word Count551
Genrework, settling in, friends
TranscriptSpring Lake, N.J.
August 13th 1901

Dear Jim,
I am awfully glad to see by your last letter that you are happy and
that you have your sister with you.
I can imagine how lonely you must have felt before she came, for
I assure you it is anything but pleasant to be a stranger m a strange
land knowing little or nothing of its customs. But Jim, friends are not always the ones who help you along, and if you take notice, this
is the very country they help you least in. I very soon found that
out, for I was only a few days in Pittsburgh when I became as
independent as U. Sam himself even if I didn't have one dollar to
my name. Still I held my head up, became very reserved and kept
my own affairs to myself and for a time was considered very proud
but finally came out all right, so that today, I can take my place with
the very best of them. People think all the more of me because I am
reserved and don't pick up with everybody that comes along.
I am very poor for making friends but those I do make are very
sincere. I have met one such friend. She is working with me, and in
fact has been in this family for years.' We have travelled together
and she has almost taken the place of mother to me. I wish you
could see her Jim, for I know you would like her as I certainly do. I
told her about you and how, after almost three years, you wrote
your first letter when I had almost forgotten you.
If we ever have a chance of going anyway near your place, we
will certainly try to see you, but I don't think there is any such luck.
Still we go every winter to Florida, and who knows but we would
stop off there on our way. Well, let us hope that way any how.
My last recollection of you, and it was a jolly one, was when you
were coming along the deck with the tea things and holding on for
dear life to the rope!! But never mind if we don't meet here. Perhaps
we would on another Adria. I still hold on to that tittle cross. My
vaccination turned out all right after giving me a painful arm for a
few weeks.
I had my pictures taken about eighteen months ago, haven't any
with me but will send you one when I get home to Pittsburgh which
will not be before the end of September. This is such a quiet place.
I will be glad when we get home. There is nothing in the line of
enjoyment for us except surf bathing and bicycling in which I take
great delight especially in cycling. I learned to ride here two years ago. Isn't this summer a scorcher? My! but it was hot in Pittsburgh,
but here it is perfectly lovely. We are only a square from the ocean
and enjoy its breezes to the full extent.' Well, Jim, I think now that
I have told all the nonsense I could glean. I must finish hoping to
hear from you very soon again. And remain as ever, Annie