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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
OriginMiami, Florida, USA
DestinationPittsburgh, Penn., USA
RecipientPhelan, James
Recipient Gendermale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count684
Genrework, holiday, family, friends
Transcript[6th March 1904]
[Hotel Royal Palm stationery
Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida]
Sunday night

My dear Jim,
Your last letter reached me on Wednesday last and I am glad to see
you are doing nicely and that you are not lonely. I had letter from
Pollie, and I think there are a few that would like James a little
nearer to them than Pittsburgh, but it appears the family will soon
be united again as Pollie says we will soon see each other.
There is not a thing new here, beautiful, bright sunny days and
lots of pleasure for those who can take it all in, but we are perfectly
happy in our own way. We have the children and our work to do,
and it seems to me we enjoy it as much as the wealthiest of them
sitting around.
These last few days were very nice not too hot and yesterday
morning as I was sitting in the shade of a tall coconut tree, a large
coconut fell within a yard of me. It was Providence saved me, for if
it had struck me, I would have been killed. As soon as those large
nuts ripen, they drop and woe be to the one they fall on.
Well, Mr. Mellon is not yet with us and may not be for a long
time, so our folks are going out on the boat for ten days and leave us
here. They have quite a party of Pittsburghers here and will have
them as guests of the Vagabondia, so maybe after all when Mr. M.
comes, we may not stay so long at this hotel.
I sincerely hope we will get home soon after Easter Sunday.
Won't that be nice just to have you there. I will not be looking for a
letter this time on my arrival but for you yourself. How often do I think when I am alone of where we shall meet. I know you will soon
be quite familiar with the different streets.
I had a dream where you met me and gave me a small parcel; yet,
it seemed as though I couldn't talk to you, so Rose handed me the
parcel. I untied it and found it to contain a few leaden things like a
saucer with Indianapolis marked in large letters on each one. Then
I showed them to Ellen, and while so doing, I heard the boat coming
in and woke up only to find I was still in Miami.
I wonder if you have seen Rose. At least I hope so. She would be
likely to call at the hotel, but you know Mary is not at all what she
appeared to you. One Sunday evening when Mr. and Mrs. Connor
and your uncle were out at the Mellon house, she was anything but
nice. I am afraid if you should go there, she wouldn't be very nice to
you, but then if Mrs. Walters and Rose were there, I do know you
would certainly be welcome if you feel like going out there before
we get back. First telephone them. I don't know why they don't
write to us as I wrote to Mrs. W. and Ellen to Rose, but as yet have
not heard a word from them.
I wonder, Jim, if you brought all my letters with you. At least I
hope not. If you did, I want you to promise you won't tease me
about them. My little girl was writing something today. She told
me to get a pencil and write to Jim. That I didn't write to him for so
long, so you see if I should happen to forget you, some one is sure
to mention your name.
Well, dear Jim, I wish I were with you tonight and when such
cannot be, you have my thoughts and best love always and don't get
too busy to remember me sometimes. Write long letters and give
my kindest regards to your uncle and remember me to all, so now
must finish.
Good night, and I remain
fondly Annie xxxxxx