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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
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count496
Genrefamily, prospects, new house
Transcript[Darlington Road & Forbes Street
Pittsburgh, Pa.]
July 17, 1903

My dear Jim,
I was very pleased with your efforts in raising so much money for
our church; indeed, I think you did well. I now have very near 45
dollars and that will be a help. Some of these days when I get out I
will send it home.
Well, I know your uncle is now with you, and I am sure you will
be glad. He called here just a day or two before leaving. He told me
he had a letter from you and seemed so pleased with hearing from
you. He seems quite anxious that you would try doing something
here with him. Don't mention it, Jim, if he doesn't tell you, but of
course if you get a better position at the barn, it may be better.
Well, maybe I didn't have a time watching for your last letter.
Really, I thought you had forgotten me. Now make up for it this
time and don't take so long.
We had quite a pleasant 4th in our new home. Had a grand view
of the fire works in the Park, but the sorrowful 5th had its own tale.
Quite a number of homes were made lonely and sad. One poor
motorman was killed instantly and three of his passengers by his
car jumping over quite a precipice. The day ended in a dreadful
thunderstorm causing the death of four persons.
My, but we are having torrid weather now! Just too hot to do
anything. Now we miss the ocean breezes, and I think there are
none in view for us. I am glad, in a way, to be in Pittsburgh some
time. I will have a chance to get acquainted with it. But we will
spend some time in the mountains. As yet I don't know when. We really have a beautiful place here, and so far it is nice and
serene. Everybody is pretty nice. Even the Jap, poor fellow, gave me
a dollar for the Church. Do you know he likes your uncle so much.
He was so sorry he was very busy the last evening he was here.
Couldn't get talking to him at all.
Well now, Jim, I am about the latest up in the house, every one
having retired, so I must finish too. Don't keep this so very long
before you answer.
This would be elegant weather for a vacation in Ireland. I think
it would be fun if we should happen the take the same steamer
going there. We would have a nice time I know. I hope it will not be
so very long till I can go, and then I will have one of the dearest
wishes to see my parents and house once more. These few slips you
will read when you get time so now must finish and do please, Jim,
write soon. So with love
I remain
fondly Annie