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Title: O'Donnell, Annie to Phelan, James, 1904
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 Count541
Genrefamily, travelling preparations
Transcript[20th Jan 1904]
[Darlington Road & Forbes Street
Pittsburgh, Pa.]
Wednesday night

My dear Jim,
I have just come home after saying good-by to your uncle as this
was my last evening off. Will leave on Saturday night. It is now very
late and all have retired save poor me. If you only saw me trying
to write these few lines fearing that at any moment the light would
be turned off; yet, I want this to reach you before your next
Sunday's letter.
Your uncle looked real nice and, well, judging from the amount
of work he has now on hand, it may he some time before he can get
home. He said he had a letter from you also from Pollie. She had her
pictures taken here. I did think she would write to me ere this, but
I suppose she was quite busy.
I always feel lonely when it comes time to leave. Dirty and
smoky as poor Pittsburgh is, yet I have more nature for it than for
Florida. Jim, about that muffler question, don't you believe it. They were just trying one on me. Honestly, I never made but the
two in my life (yours and the old man's). I assure you I must think
an awful lot of a man before I sew anything for him. The one and
only thing I am longing for in Florida, Jim, is your letters. They are
the one thing that will help pass away the time and then the fact of
knowing that it will be soon till we can once again talk and that you
will stay here then. All this would be enough to make me happy,
and I'll think of you always.
Perhaps Pollie had been telling you of a good one they tried on
me, and I fixed it all right. They claimed you had a ladies' glove in
your possession, just one glove as a keepsake. 'Oh,' I said, 7 can
easily account for that the mate of it is in my trunk.'
Well, Jim, a few days ago I was on the streetcar, and I am almost
sure I saw 'Mayo Jim1. You remember the old lady's son, and really
I felt like asking him about his mother, but I felt somewhat timid,
so I let it pass. My thoughts went far back to the old Adria and the
pleasant crowd, and I wonder if when crossing again should there
be such another little jolly crowd.
There is one thing that would make me feel dreadful bad as now
I would realize more fully the parting from my parents. I guess if I
don't soon finish up, I'll be through all my saddest days. It seems as
though tonight when I feel so blue, all my old lonely times come
present. I wish I had a letter from you before I leave. When I get to
Rockledge, there will be your nice one waiting for me. Next
Sunday's letter address to me.

c/o W. L. Mellon
Rockledge P.O.
Rockledge, Florida
Boat Vagabondia
Then the following Sunday address it to:
Hotel Royal Palm
c/oW. L.Mellon
Be sure to have it always in care of W. L. Mellon.
Good-bye, as ever, Annie