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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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Word Count465
GenreXmas, gifts, family
Transcript[Darlington Road stationery]
December 22nd, 1903

My dear Jim,
I have been looking for an answer to my last letter for so long but
can't imagine what prevented you from writing. I was so anxious to
know how you were doing but finally came to the conclusion that
something is wrong surely. I am afraid you are sick or you would
never keep me waiting this long, but I sincerely hope tomorrow will
bring a few lines from you.
We are all well and so busy preparing for our great day. It is the
one time of the whole year that I love, and everything I can do to
make the little ones happy is my delight. We certainly have a fine
mansion this year to receive Santa and three dear little children
waiting for him. It gives lots of work and keeps us up very late, but
happiness is greater than all. Well, Jim, I gave your uncle a little parcel for you which he will give probably on Thursday night, or I think you will find it in your room as a surprise. It is mean of me to tell it, but I have to. Understand the circumstances. There is a small package marked
'Mr. Brennan' which you will give him. It's a white muffler I made
for him, and, Jim, the red one I made you just at the time you had
about left the streetcar. I thought it would be good and warm to put
around your neck when going out those cold days, but I am sorry
now it is not a white one. I am sure you would like it better, but I
think you will like the glass, and for a long time I have thought of
getting you one.
I know men are so particular about shaving. Your uncle was trying
to joke me about it, but I told him 'You would have it hanging in
your room as soon as you got it. I wish you would see what he
would say, but don't let on I said anything about it.
Well, Jim, your Christmas can not be any brighter than I wish, as
you have the best wishes my heart can afford. The one thing that
would make my Xmas brightest would be a 'shake hands' from you,
but my prayer is still the same - that this will be the last Christmas
you will be so very far away.
Now I want you to wish Mrs. B and all the family a 'very happy
Xmas' from me, and just give one one lone thought towards old
smoky Pittsburgh when you are enjoying yourself with your
friends. All the girls join in best wishes to you.
With my best love, Jim
I remain Annie, xxxxxxxx