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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
OriginPittsburgh, Penn., USA
DestinationIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
RecipientPhelan, James
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count539
Genrecomments on picture, family, books
Transcript[Pittsburgh, Pa.]
Thursday night
Dec. 12th

My dear Jim,
That long looked for letter and picture arrived at last. How I
thought you were never going to answer my note. Still, I maintained
to the last that there was something beyond the ordinary
which might have interfered with your writing.
I am sorry you have not been well, but you try and keep warm,
for you have not the warmest place on earth right now in weather
below zero. I often think of you standing in those cars pretty near frozen. I can not proceed any further without making some comments
on your picture. It almost took me a day to say whether you looked
like the Jim I used to know or not. Finally I came to the conclusion
that there were some points of resemblance.
If you had it taken bust and without the hat, I could see more
plainly, but as it is, I can see you in a sort of a hazy, indistinct way, of course allowing for Time to make some changes which it is bound
to do. You have gotten very stout I should think, and you look so
youthful. Those that have seen it say you look like a mere boy, but I
know different. Anyhow, you look pretty nice.
Well we got home, just two days before your letter came, from
New York. Were glad to get back again to the Smoky City, as we did
not have much of a time in N. York. I know you will think me queer
for not seeing your cousins after your sister going to the trouble of
writing, but I assure you I made every effort but in vain. The only time
I could call my own was from 2 till 6 one afternoon. There is
nothing which would have afforded me more pleasure whilst there
than to see them if possible, but you know I am always rather
unfortunate in matters of that kind. I have never known myself yet
to try anything without having a certain amount of disappointment
in connection with it. Of course that's nothing new. It has been my
luck so far through life.
Well, Jim, I am glad you read a good deal, for it is an elegant
thing. I only wish I could devote more time to it than I do. If you
ever come in contact with two books called the The Crisis and
Granstark, or The Story of a Love Behind a Throne you read them,
for they are fine. You have a good joke on me about those pieces of
poetry. I didn't know that you saw them with me.
Well, now it is almost too late to say any more, but I have to
remind you once more that I am quite pleased with your picture
and thank you very much for sending it. I only wish it were the
original, and many a tale of the old Adria would be told and retold. However, let us hope that some day we will meet and then we can
see which one Time has favoured most.
Now Good Night and with
love I remain same old Annie.
Excuse all those mispelled words.