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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
OriginPittsburgh, Penn., USA
DestinationIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
RecipientPhelan, James
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count679
Genrenew house, possible trip to Ireland, family
Transcript[Darlington Road & Forbes St.
Pittsburgh, Pa.]
June 12, 1903

My dear Jim,
This is the first chance I have had of writing since we moved in to
this mansion, and fearing it might be some time before another
would present itself, I take the advantage and try to tell you my little
troubles. Our dread of this house long before it was built was certainly
a foreboding of the reality. For the past few years, Ellen and
I had the most pleasant happy times inseparable in all things and
sister-like in our doings. Now that is a thing of the past as this house
makes extra work thus calling me away from Ellen. Even the little
room I call my own is no longer next to hers but on the next floor
above. These are only little things, but so long as they leave us under
the same roof I am satisfied.
One fine day French nurses will be taking our place as they have
already a representative of every nation. Just imagine Irish, English,
Scotch, Welsh, Swiss, Swede, German and Japanese are already
employed, and a few more will be here ere long. The housekeeper
is English, appears so far very nice and such a beautiful house as
this is. But the poor old house will always be the dearer to me. The
only nice thing about this is all our old girls are here, Rose and
Mary, and of course that is everything. There is no possible chance
of me forgetting you if I wanted to while Mary is around. She
reminds me of you every time she gets a chance.
The workmen are still busy here, and such a muddle as we came
into, it will not be quite finished in another month. Well, Jim, I
think I have seen Florida and Spring Lake with these people for the
last time. They will remain here all summer and further than that,
I don't know their plans. How glad I was to see your letter, a probability
of your coming to Pittsburgh to stay. Won't it be nice when I can see you. You say this will be the last summer we will be so far
apart. If that is so, I don't mind how quickly it may go. You will
surely find lots of work here, Jim, and then you see you will get to
like this city in time. If I only knew when you were coming, how
gladly I would look forward to the day.
Well, about going to Ireland. If I am spared till June of next year,
I will go, if only for a few weeks, and perhaps you would be able to
come then. I don't care to go any sooner and the summer months
are the nicest to be there.
Your uncle and 1 went to see Mrs. Connors, and they asked for
you very kindly. I did notice, Jim, that the old man does not look
well at all. In fact I made the remark to Ellen, but he works very
steady and then being away from the comforts of his nice home.
Now, Jim, don't let chat interfere with your coming as Pittsburgh is
not so bad after all.
When you once get to work, you will really like it, and if I can
help you in any way, you know it will be a pleasure to me. Write me
soon and tell me everything as you know I am anxious to know all
about you. Won't I be glad when I don't have to write everything I
wish to say. I suppose it will yet be some lime ere I can do that as you
will probably be stretching the time till you come here. I know you
have no love for Pittsburgh; however, I will still wait and some day
I may be rewarded. So now dear Jim, won't you please write me very
soon. I remain as ever Annie x

Annie O'Donnell
c/o W L. Mellon
Darlington Road & Forbes Street
Pittsburgh, Pa