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Title: O'Donnell, Annie to Phelan, James, 1902
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
OriginPalatka, Florida, USA
DestinationIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
RecipientPhelan, James
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count683
Genrecorrespondence, travelling, photography, friends
Transcript[Palatka, Florida]
April 10th, 1902

My dear Jim,
Your letter reached me on Wednesday, 2nd, just a few minutes before
leaving the hotel. The picture has never turned up yet, and imagine
the disappointment having to leave the Hotel before it arrived. Still,
I lived in hopes that it would be sent here as Mr. Mellon left orders
with the clerk to send all mail to our Palatka address. Whether the
picture came there or not, I cannot tell. I put off writing to you till
now hoping it would come in the meantime. And we are leaving
here tomorrow. Just think how things will happen. The post office
certainly is not in our favour. You don't know how disappointed I
feel, for I did look forward with the greatest hopes of seeing it
about a day or so after coming here at the very most.
We expect to spend a day or so at Jacksonville and then go to
New York, where we can only stay about three days. We hope to be
in Pittsburgh before the 18th, much sooner than was expected. I
am glad we are leaving here for I assure you it is not much but the
grandparents [who] have a cottage and will have the children spend
a week or so with them when they can. Of course, that is perfectly
Palatka is nice enough for old people that look for quietness, for
anything else, I cannot see where it comes. Of course it would never suit our folks, and I am mighty glad of it, but if I should live to be
an old lady, never will I forget my time at the paradise Miami. I
don't know when I was more happy or had a better time, and on our
way to the station that Wednesday morning, how eagerly I looked
at the many places where I had such a pleasant time, and wondered
if I should ever see them again.
My pictures turned out pretty nice for a beginner. There are
some I must send you, but can't get them now. Perhaps the next
time I write, I will send them.
You had better write your answer to this to Pittsburgh and hope
by that time your picture will come from some source, for it is only
Ellen that knows how anxious I am about it.
I was much disappointed when I was told how short our New-
York visit is expected to be. I looked to seeing your friends in
Brooklyn as Mrs. Mellon said first she would spend a week there. I
will be glad to get back once more to Smoky City, but we will be
there about a month when we will be off again to Spring Lake,
perhaps the first week in June. So you must hurry up and try [to]
come soon.
Ellen and I get a week or so each when we come home from the
South each year. Mrs. Mellon is very kind in matters of that sort.
She knows how we have done with the children night and day since
we left Pittsburgh, so recompenses us by giving a vacation which I
think is very good.
I have not anything so very interesting as usual, but nonsense
which I must bring to a finish, hoping you will excuse writing etc. as
this table seems to be suffering from palsy. So Jim, please write as
soon as you know anything of the picture.
As ever fondly I remain, Annie
Just as I had finished this letter, yours was handed to me, and
these pictures I found at the same time. Two of them I took myself and some busy body picked up the camera and took Ellen and
I under the shading branches of a coconut palm when I least
expected, so you see for yourself. I don't suppose you could tell
from it which is which but to avoid mistake, the taller of the two is
I. Again I will say good-bye and sincerely hope that yours will show
up soon.

Am as ever