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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 Count416
Genrefamily, prospetcs
Transcript[11th October 1903]
[Darlington Road and Forbes Street
Pittsburgh, Pa.]
Sunday night

My dear Jim,
I am all alone tonight and was just thinking of you so will write as I
might not get a chance again for a few days as I am quite busy now
Well, I see you got one of those pictures. I certainly didn't think
you were going to. That was got up as a surprise as we only got six
altogether. Ellen proposed getting them to send Mother, so I see
you got one as a surprise too. I am glad you liked them and Mrs. B.
also. She must be real nice, Jim. You are so fond of her. I haven't
seen your Uncle for more than a week, but I hope to before he
leaves for home. Just think, I was in Indianapolis a few nights ago,
and was I anxiously waiting for you in your uncle's house when at
last I saw you coming up stairs. I called, 'Hello Jim.' Then the
littlest Mellon called, 'Annie, so I had to wake up. Wasn't that
mean? You see when I happen to have a pleasant dream, I am rudely
awakened, and last night no one would waken me when I had such
a mean one. It wasn't about you though. I was in Galway last night.
You know, I think your Uncle doesn't look so well lately. It seems
to me he has gotten much thinner. I don't think he would give up
his city for this. Of course, in one way, I don't blame him. It is much
cleaner, but this is a better one where money is concerned though
again the expenses are high accordingly. I don't want him to discourage
you, Jim, about coming, that is if he will, because you can only try it. I do believe you will easily do as well as away out west
where you are, but I wish you would come soon. Why don't you
come back this time with your uncle? Then you would have a
chance of being settled before the winter. I know you could get on
the streetcar here as a motorman. Then I would be happy, but I am
afraid you won't come so soon.
Well, now, Jim, write soon. Even a short letter will be acceptable
as long as you just write soon. So remember me very kindly to your
aunt. And with best love Jim, I am
as ever Annie xxx