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HHJ 6-1-10 transcription

Helen Hunt Jackson Papers, Part 6, Ms 0353, Box 1, Folder 10. NOT PART OF ORIGINAL PURCHASE.

Letter from HHJ to Hamilton Wright Mabie, 1883. Purchased May 2010 from Argosy Books.
Transcribed by Jessy Randall, May 2010.

1600 Taylor St.
S. 7
July 30, 1883

Dear Mr. Mabie,

In your first ED note of July 23 C.U. reading now today you say, “The Indian Reservation” – you mean Ind. Territory –

In the second – you give my extracts from the Colorado Springs Gazette – relative to the cowboys’ late outrages on the Utes [crossed out: as if they were] on the Ute Reservation as if they were committed on the Cheyennes – I can’t imagine how this happens – The extracts from the Gazette were clear & unmistakable –

I’m sorry – I dare say nobody will notice or know -- & the fact of the outrage is the same whether committed on Cheyennes or Utes – but still as you make me personally responsible for the title of the narrative, I am sorry it does not stand in accurate shape.

Do glance through my chap. on the Cheyennes – & the and the account of the Chivington massacre given in Col. -- & make a condensed picture of what they have had to bear.

Yrs ever truly




Small manuscript (first verse of “The Way to Sing”) dated November 14, 1882. Purchased July 2010 on Ebay.
Transcribed by Jessy Randall, July 2010.


The Way to Sing

The birds must know. Who wisely sings
Will sing as they.
The common air has generous wings;
Songs make their way.


Helen Jackson
Colorado Springs. Nov. 14, 1882

[in small, light letters at bottom: “generous” (probably someone clarifying the word in the third line]

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