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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
OriginSpring Lake, New Jersey, USA
DestinationIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
RecipientPhelan, James
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count689
Genreweather, holiday, disappointment
Spring Lake, N.J.
June 12, 1902

My dear Jim,
As I was sitting this morning on the beach my thought strayed back
to some days gone by and I cannot but have a kindly feeling for
Spring Lake, (bleak and lonely as it now appears), for it was here
that your first letter found me.
We got here all right on Saturday last. Have had perfect weather
since, ocean perfectly beautiful but the boardwalk and beach very
deserted looking and only a few cottages occupied. The season
has not yet commenced. None of the big hotels are yet open and
till then, which will be towards the end of this month, this will be
quite lovely.
Well, on returning from our morning outing, I found your letter
waiting for me. Glad I was when I saw it, but when I read it, my
thoughts took a different turn, for I so anxiously looked for a
cheering letter from you, as there is nothing it seems will cheer me
those days.
Ellen has told me time and time again to look at the sunny side
of things, but even she has failed, so I read her part of your letter
today, and her consoling words were, 'true love never did run
smooth'. But I might feel a little happier by cheering up and asking
you to still have hope. We are not so terribly far apart when you
come to think of it, so in the fall if you could then get off for some
time, we will make up for all.
You see, I didn't get a vacation which was due meowing to Ellen's
sickness, but come what may I will get one when we get home
which will be probably in September owing to our getting away so
early. I guess by then we will be tanned enough. I am three shades
browner since I came here and the children are almost black.
Ellen wishes me to impress it on you not to take any days off till
then. She is very anxious to see you and would be more than
delighted to see my one wish gratified, and if she had anything to
do with it, she would have paved a way long ago for us to see each
other once again. She would do anything to see me happy even at
her own expense. I only wish you could spend some time with us on
this delightful beach. Then indeed would our happiness be
complete. It is too bad to chink such cannot be.
Well, Jim, one sentence in your letter made up for a good deal,
'proof of my fidelity: I am glad to know you think that I am true, for
when I cannot say that which I often would wish to, you can still
judge for yourself that in my case 'actions would speak louder than
words'. Even with Ellen, whom I dearly love, my words on the
subject are but few. Still she knows that she is one of those very few
dear ones, and though I have changed in looks quite a good deal
since you saw me, I think I still am that same old Annie.
I got the proofs of my picture. They are not so bad but could be
a little better. They may be finished soon, and of course you shall
have one.
Since I started writing this note, Mrs. Mellon called me to say
she had raised all our wages, a little recompense for the inconvenience
that we had to suffer from coming away so quickly from home.
Now it is quite late as usual and must hurry, and I ask you
especially to write me soon. Just even a few lines will satisfy if you
will but write soon and help me forget the gloomy past which will
come too often before me in this beautiful but sad spot alone by the
wave-washed shore. And don't forget me who was the very best of
Chat little group on the Adria so that will say a fond
Good Night
And will remain, with love