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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
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count423
Genrenews, family
Transcript[4616 Bayard Street
Pittsburgh, Pa.]
Nov. 3rd 1902

My dear Jim,
When passing by your house today, I paused for a moment and
thought a whole lot. Would to goodness that you were here again,
but your letter is rather bright, and it may not be very long till we
have a few days pleasure again, when I shall wait for you just where
we parted. Hope it may be a more pleasant day or night.
Well, I was off yesterday and such a glorious day. Took advantage
of such a rare occurrence and went to see friends. Talk about that
ride to Westinghouse! It wasn't in it with yesterday's. I was pretty
nearly squashed against the door. I held the strap and one of the
sudden jerks caused a woman of 200 or 300 pounds to come
spinning against me, I had to do the laughing myself, and maybe I
didn't think of our rides together. Anyhow, I had a delightful time
and enjoyed it very much.
I saw my sisters in the evening. They are well and asked for you
very kindly, though they seem to think our acquaintance rather
romantic to suit them, but, Jim, they can all think as they like. No
words will change me and as you left me, so will I remain till you
come back only be true to me and the confidence I have had in you
since we first met is redoubled now. Heaven will guide us.
Write to me often. Nothing gives me greater pleasure. Indeed, I
did turn away many a time disappointed whilst waiting for your
letter till one morning (a week today). Just as I was going to school,
I got it. Hope you have heard from Helena since then.
We had a gay time on Halloween. I dressed up and scared the
girls. Unknown to all, I went out the cellar door and came in as they
were eating supper. We have another cook now. The last one didn't suit. This one is
a Swede, a very nice person. Mary came to see us twice. She is
working quite near us here. She talked quite a good bit about you
and all the girls wish to be kindly remembered to you.
Well Jim, do write soon as you can and excuse my horrid pen. So
now good night and believe me ever to remain your Annie, xxxx -
And write me a long letter just as soon as you have time. Will be
looking for it soon -