Journal Letter, July 22, 1850


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Extent: 6 pages (ms.)
Provenance  
Note:
The Journal Letter dated July 22, 1850, was discovered (see note) in March 1993 in the papers of Fidelia Fiske, where it had been filed as part of her correspondence. This Letter, which is not included in the microfilm copy of this collection, fills at least part of the gap that has existed in the Journal Letters for the period August 1849 - September 1850 since the collection was first brought together. 

Analysis of both internal and external evidence has yielded the following conclusions concerning this document: 

  1. The July 22, 1850 Journal Letter is the first to be written after a silence of five months (see transcript pg. 1, paragraph 1), which indicates that no letter was produced from March through June, 1850.
  2. This is an extremely important Letter, since it attempts to describe events at the Seminary during the turbulent year of 1849/50, and the health problems and ultimate collapse of Mary Whitman, Lyon's logical successor. See Elizabeth Green's 1979 biography, Mary Lyon and Mount Holyoke: Opening the Gates, pp. 311-316.
  3. It is clear, from the opening pages of the Letter of Oct. 8, 1850, that the July 22, 1850 Letter immediately preceded it, and that we now have the Journal Letters produced for that period.
(Elaine D. Trehub , March 15, 1993) 
1. By Erin Bruns (MHC 1996), enrolled at that time in the interdisciplinary course Pasts and Presences, spring term 1993.
Notes: A transcript exists for this letter and is available as encoded text.
 
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