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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
OriginPittsburgh, Penn., USA
DestinationIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
RecipientPhelan, James
Recipient Gendermale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count549
Genrefailed visit, travelling preparations
Transcript[Pittsburgh, Pa.]
22? May

My dear Jim,
Is it not too bad that you could not get here for even a few days! I
think those streetcar managers are the meanest fellows on earth not
to allow you off. I am no doubt disappointed as I so long and
earnestly hoped of seeing you. Ellen and I were busy thinking all
week what we could do for you when you came. But I guess it
cannot be helped. I know you would not disappoint me without
sufficient reason. At least I think not.
I have looked at it in this light - that you did not see a suitable
time just now for a holiday or you would come, but remember, you
will be always welcome, and as you say, 'Perhaps, it is all for the
best.' Heaven alone knows. Those late years I look at things as sent
by Providence with a good intent, and until I change my opinion of
you (which I hope will never be), I still will hope that we will meet,
be it ever so long to wait for.
We don't expect to leave for Spring Lake before July 1st as
Mr. Mellon is quite busy with the new mansion he is having built
which when completed will be one of the finest residences in
Pittsburgh. I don't suppose we will be back before October, that is
if we take our usual trip to the mountains.
The weather is certainly trying to push on to the lake as it is
about hot enough now for anyone. When it becomes so very hot,
Mrs. Mellon gets the porch fixed for us so that we could eat there
and in the evenings when work is done, we all get together and have
lots of fun. There are five of us girls and two coachmen. We only
kept one man in the stable till lately. Now that there are more
horses and an auto, there is plenty of work to keep two going. We
drive almost every afternoon to the parks with the children. That was a grand turn out you had in Indianapolis. It was very
interesting to read about it. I am so glad you sent that paper as both
Ellen and I are deeply interested in such things.
We are very busy now preparing for the summer. Mrs. Mellon
supplies everything and we do the sewing. We have everything white
for the morning and black in afternoon. I think I was a fortunate
girl the day I got into this family for it's one of the best houses in
the city. They are kind and will never let a small thing done for
them go unrewarded, so that it is a pleasure to work for them.
I have often wondered how your sister is doing, though I never
mentioned it. You will have a nice time now that you can go cycling.
It is so nice you are together.
Well, I think I now must bring to a finish as there is nothing of
interest to relate, so hoping you won't forget me entirely and I ask
you to write soon.
Will now remain, fondly as ever Annie

P.S. Remember me to all. Yes, give but one passing thought to
me, Jim.