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Title: O'Donnell, Annie to Phelan, James, 1903
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
OriginMiami, Florida, USA
DestinationIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
RecipientPhelan, James
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count534
Genretravelling, family
Transcript[Envelope/paper of Hotel
Royal Palm, Miami, Florida]
Monday March 2nd

My dear Jim,
Your letter got here a few days after our arrival for we were twelve
days on our boat having a lovely time and visiting some of the
prettiest places in Florida. The boat is certainly fine, fitted with
every modern convenience, electric light etc. and such a jolly time
we had on board.' Maybe I didn't think of poor old Adria.
Then we got into the hotel in the evening midst all the splendour
that wealth can provide. The folks went away again next morning,
and we have not seen them since, but we hear from them quite often.
They went south and are entertaining a party of Pittsburghers on
their boat.
We are having quite a nice time here enjoying the beauties of
this 'earthly paradise. No words could tell what a scene the Hotel
and gardens present, but you can imagine yourself walking around
midst beds of roses and surrounded by fruits of the rarest kind and
sheltered from the scorching: sun by those tall palmettoes whilst a
delightful breeze is constantly blowing from the Ocean nearby.
We are having very hot weather now. The thermometer is near
go. I tell you we wouldn't mind having a little snow for a change,
but the heat is not so much after 2 P.M. We have been on the river
several times.
I lost no time in inquiring for my pictures, but they have no hope
of ever getting them for me, so I put the matter in Mr. Merrill's
hands and he will get them for me if he can. He is the Manager of
the Hotel.
Well, Jim, I was awfully disappointed at not being able to see
your uncle. I just happened to go out that afternoon to say good-by
to my friends, but I hope he will be in Pittsburgh when we get back. I know Ellen would like to see him. She enjoyed [he little talk they
had over the 'phone and often speaks of him since.
I have expected an answer from Polly almost every day. Your
uncle talked so much of her that I thought it would please him for
me to write to her. He was so kind to me. She may write soon. It
would be nice if she would come to Pittsburgh with her father. I
guess I dare not ask you to come although I would like to. I only
wish that our folks would take a turn and go west for a change.
Then we would all see one another.
I wish, Jim, you would write me soon. Don't keep this very long
as it takes four days to come here. I would have written this last
night but went to Church. By the way, Ellen says to tell you the
rudest people she has ever come in contact with inhabit this part of
the country. They beat Pittsburgh for staring. They actually turn
round on their bicycles to look at a person.
Well, dear Jim, must now finish and ask you once more to write
soon and will answer yours sooner next time. With fondest love,
Annie xxxxxxx