Helen Hunt Jackson letters : to Amelia Quinton and Abbot Kinney : ALS, 1880 Dec.-1884 Feb.


Helen Hunt Jackson letters : to Amelia Quinton and Abbot Kinney : ALS, 1880 Dec.-1884 Feb.

Ten letters to Mrs. Amelia Smith Quinton date from Dec. 18, 1880 to Feb. 19, 1884 and were written from Colorado Springs, New York City, and various other locations including Brevoort NY, Warlington, Cambridge, and San Diego. Some of these are brief notes about the logistics of gathering petitions, names of clergy who should be sent Jackson's book, and business relating to other of Jackson's publications, including Ramona, which she hopes will reach people who wouldn't read A century of dishonor. Others are lengthy and personal letters about Quinton's efforts on behalf of Native Americans, Jackson's perceived failure of her book A century of dishonor, Indians of Colorado, tribes she hopes to visit, other organizers, and feelings of discouragement. One letter contains detailed observations from a visit to the Indians at San Pasquale, about 30 miles northwest of San Diego, where the deterioration of the situation for local Indians in the past sixteen years filled Jackson with indignation. Seven letters to Mr. Abbott Kinney dated January to March 1882, from Santa Barbara, San Pedro, and Riverside relate to their project undertaken as government commissioners to investigate the condition of Mission Indians in California. The letters frequently describe the unsatisfactory boarding situations that Jackson finds herself in. Other topics include their travel arrangements, her poor opinion of Santa Barbara, misadventures along her trip to California, difficulties on board Orizaba out of San Pedro, a railroad suit her husband was involved in and his delays in joining her in California, explanations relating to a joke of Jackson's which Kinney apparently took badly, and other matters. One letter, apparently to Kinney, is addressed to Elusive Grace. Four other letters, addressed to S.M. or Sailing Master, dated Oct. 1882 to Oct. 1883 from Colorado Springs and New York were probably also to Kinney. They include a request for information on soil for a previously mentioned "Industries" article, reflections on a list of Tehachapi writings, visits to Indian villages, publication problems with Century, plans for a trip to California, an article on Chinese for Harpers, and plans to check on their report in Washington.

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Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885

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Kinney, Abbot, 1850-1920

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Quinton, Amelia S. (Amelia Stone), 1835?-1926

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