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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
OriginNew York, NY, USA
DestinationIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
RecipientPhelan, James
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count695
Genredisappointment, work, weather
TranscriptNew York
June 5th 1902
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c/o W. L. Mellon
Spring Lake
New Jersey
My dear Jim,
You didn't expect an answer from this part of the world I am sure.
Did you ever notice anything half so mean as the way things have
turned out since we counted on meeting each other? Now that you
are ready to come here, I am stuck in New York with the three
children. I just wonder what have I ever done that such disappointments
should lay in wait for me.
Our reason for running away from home was due to an epidemic
of measles and scarlet fever which are at present raging in our
neighbourhood, so on Monday night last Mr. Mellon thought it
wise to send the little ones on here with Mrs. Mellon and I and
leave Ellen with the girls to look after the entire packing and then
go straight to the Spring Lake cottage where we will all meet on
I am so mad to think I was so near seeing you and now so far.
How things will happen. I suppose we were not destined to meet
yet. Let us blame it on destiny anyhow and claim it's all for the best.
What a poor consolation. And when do you suppose we will meet
now, just when the good Lord wishes. I think is the best answer. I
cannot get over the way we had to rush not even time to say goodbye
to a few friends. Some of them don't know, but what I am
still in Pittsburgh, and, if you please, I had my picture taken on
Thursday preceding Decoration Day and had to come away without
seeing what they look like. No proof came yet. I think I am pretty brave to bear all that, and yet the hardest of
all came with your letter this morning. I just hate to think you will
come now when I am so far away. I can just imagine myself if I were
in Pittsburgh this morning and got your letter. My, how I would
hustle around and how eagerly I would wait for that day to see you,
but in a word I guess such is life at least for some.
I will be so glad to get your sister's picture. Don't forget to send
me one as soon as you can. There is a friend of mine in Pittsburgh
who spent some five years in Indianapolis as a contractor. He gave
me quite an account of the city which was very interesting indeed.
From all accounts, it is not as dirty as Pittsburgh.
Well, Jim, I am so tired now and it is so late and with two
youngsters to sleep with, I better retire. You know I have a little
picnic of my own trying to manage the three, but Mrs. Mellon is
very good. She helps a good bit. Maybe I don't miss Ellen. I miss
her more and more each time.
I hope this will reach you before you make any arrangements for
your supposed trip. I get any amount of teasing about your letters.
Even the mailman wants to know how Indiana is! But I am quite a
good hand at teasing myself, so I must not mind it.
The heat is somewhat terrific here. When I was out this
afternoon and saw those poor motormen standing in the cars, my
thoughts went straight to you and couldn't help but feel for you out
in all weathers.
Write me very soon. Writing now is the only consolation left, so
try and let me know how you are doing. Remember a note from you
is highly prized, and you cannot send them too often. I have a
kindly feeling for you, and come what may it can never be severed.
This alone is all I can boast of, and I must say it is this real sincere
friendship that has gained me such good friends. I am glad to think
I can count on you as one. So now, dear Jim, with best love I say a
fond good-night and do write soon, x