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Correspondence of the family of Mrs. Henrietta "Hetty" S. Butler Smith, wife of Missionary Eli Smith, includes letters to her sons: Edward "Ned" Robinson Smith, an artist, and Benjamin Eli Smith, Century Dictionary editor, with other letters, ephemera and photos, 1820's-1984
145 letters, 337 manuscript and typed pages, (54 retained mailing envelopes), dated 24 July 1828 to 24 May 1984, some tears at folds, margins, otherwise good; with a manuscript cook book, 2 books, sixth plate daguerreotype of Hetty Smith, photographs, postcards, and ephemera as follows:Correspondence:2 letters, 11 typed pp., these are later typescript copiesof letters written by Eli Smith, one letter was written to his brother "B. Smith" written from "Beyrout" (8 pp.), dated 26 March 1827; and one to his "Br. & Sister" from "Malta," dated 24 July 1828 (3 pp.). 11 letters, 31 manuscript pp., written by Benjamin Eli Smith, from Gottingen and Leipzig, Germany, to his mother, Mrs. Henrietta "Hetty" S. Butler Smith, dated 24 October 1880 to 22 May 1881. B.E. Smith went to Europe to study at university. He writes to his mother of the differences between German education and American, his boarding house, professors, weather, etc.20 letters, 33 manuscript and typed pp., Mrs. Henrietta "Hetty" S. Butler Smith wrote 9 letters (19 mss pp.) to her son Benjamin Robinson Smith, dated 28 April 1883 to 21 May 1888, (includes several undated letters, but from within the same time period; as the other 11 letters, 14 typed pp.), being typescript copies of the originals written by: James S. Dennis, Beyrout, Syria (1); American linguist, philologist, and lexicographer W. D. Whitney, of New Haven, Connecticut (5); American mineralogist and physicist E.S. Dana, New Haven, Connecticut (1); American hymnologist Waldo S. Pratt, Hartford, (1); American architect and art critic Russell Sturgis, New York City (1); American entomologist, L.O. Howard, Washington, D.C. (1); and American printer and scholarly author on typography Theo. L. DeVinne, New York City, (1); dated 13 March 1885 to 20 October 1891. The bulk of these typescript copies deal with Smith's work as co-editor for the Century Dictionary, published by the Century Publishing Company. The correspondence seems to have been used in the preparation of the dictionary.91 incoming letters, totaling 218 manuscript pp., written to Edward "Ned" Robinson Smith in New York City, dated 18 October 1882 to 28 September 1891, (includes several undated letters), correspondents include: instructor Clifford R. Bateman, of Columbia College, (2); George A. Plimpton, of Ginn & Co, Publishers, New York City, (1); his sister Sarah B. Stiles, of Coronado Beach, California (5); and 83 letters written by his mother, Mrs. Henrietta "Hetty" S. Butler Smith, written mostly from Amherst, Massachusetts, but also some from Tucson, Arizona (6); Middletown, Connecticut (2); Lakewood, New Jersey (1); Brooklyn, New York (2); Haines Falls, New York (5); Lyons, MI (2); San Diego, (4); and Coronado Beach, California (26), where Henrietta moved for a while, staying with her daughter Sarah, for some time. Henrietta in her letters to her son Edward "Ned" Robinson Smith writes of her concerns for her son's welfare, worrying about him, his life as an artist, his lack of income, his debts at home, the embarrassment of these debts, his health, the death of his good friend Clifford R. Bateman who was trying to help Smith gain employment in New York. Once she moves to California she asks him to move there, to come for a visit to see what it is like, etc., with glowing descriptions of her life in California, Coronado Beach, the real estate development possibilities, the vineyards and fruit groves, etc.21 miscellaneous letters, 44 pp., dated 1 July 1883 to 24 May 1984; of these 21 letters, 8 (14 pp.) are typed copies; this collection includes 6 letters written to "Cora," Cornelia Shelton, wife of Benjamin Eli Smith, mother of Miriam Gray Smith Russell - they were written by her mother-in-law Mrs. Henrietta "Hetty" S. Butler Smith; 2 letters were written to Mrs. Miriam Gray Smith Russell by Romney Spring, of Thompson & Spring's law office, Boston, Massachusetts, who was interested in family silver cups she was in possession of; 1 letter by Sarah Stiles to her mother Mrs. Henrietta "Hetty" S. Butler Smith; with several miscellaneous letters; 3 of the copies are excerpts of the same letter, recounting Clara Smith's visit to Eli Smith's grave in Lebanon; another two are copies of the full letter describing Clara Smith's visit to Eli Smith's grave, which included touring Africa; another is a copy of a letter sent by Mrs. Miriam Gray Smith Russell to Newton F. McKeon, of Amherst College Library, recounting her father Benjamin Eli Smith's role (an Amherst alum) in the publication of the Century Dictionary; the final two letters are the same letter written by Mary A. Smith to Mrs. Miriam Gray Smith Russell, informing her of Clara Smith's visit to Eli Smith's grave, amongst other things. Manuscript Cookbook Manuscript Cookbook of Henrietta Butler Smith, the third wife, of American Missionary Eli Smith, with her Daguerreotype portrait quarto, 13 pages, plus blanks, bound in early 19th century ¼ red leather and marbled boards, binding worn rubbed and scuffed, contemporary ownership signature: "Elizabeth Butler's Book 1821", on front pastedown, Elizabeth Butler was Henrietta's mother. Laid in are 13 receipts and notes, including two letters containing recipes from Henrietta's sisters Maria and Sarah, and a newspaper clipping with Henrietta Butler's remedy for cholera which she devised in Syria, plus additional recipes and 20th century notes from Henrietta Smith's granddaughter, a Mrs. Thomas Russell, of New Haven, with information and comments on the volume, she states in one note that the volume contains "some Syrian receipts". Some spotting and foxing to text, two leaves are torn across. The cookbook is accompanied by a sixth plate daguerreotype portrait of Henrietta Smith, (see image above). The image is in good condition, case rubbed, cover detached but present. Probably taken circa 1846 when Henrietta and Eli Smith were married. This manuscript cook book contains 69 recipes, not counting the inlaid receipts, which brings the total number of recipes to 91, primarily cakes and cookies. A wide variety of cakes are noted, sometimes different variations of the same cake. In many cases the name of the woman providing the recipe is noted. Most of the women are from the Northampton, Massachusetts area where Elizabeth and Henrietta lived. There are several recipes for plumb cake, loaf cake, sponge cake, wedding cakes, Federal Cake, Hartford Election Cake, Wine Cake, "Travelling Cake", "Delicate Cake", several varieties of gingerbread, "Harrison Cake", "dyspeptic bread" and Isinglass jelly. There are also receipts for curing hams and a "pickle for beef" as well as a "cement for glass wood etc." The cookbook was evidently passed down from Elizabeth Butler to her daughter Henrietta. Books, Photographs, Ephemera Books:-Smith, Eli. An Address on the Missionary Character. Boston: Printed by Perkins & Marvin, 1840. 34 pp., bound in buckram, photostatcopy, good.-Smith, Eli & Van Dyck, C.V.A. Brief Documentary History of the Translation of the Scriptures into the Arabic Language. Beirut, Syria: American Presbyterian Mission Press, [1900] "Printed for the Syrian Mission, April, 1900." 33 pp., bound in buckram, photostat copy, good.-Journal of the New Haven Colony Historical Society. Vol. 41/ No. 2. Spring 1995. Edited by Lawrence Kenney. [New Haven:] Phoenix Press, 1995. (includes article "The Making of a Missionary: Eli Smith at Yale, 1817-1821," by Margaret Leavy. Photographs:Sixth plate daguerreotype portrait of Henrietta Smith, (see image above). The image is in good condition, case rubbed, cover detached but present. Probably taken circa 1846 when Henrietta and Eli Smith were married.-2" oval photo in case with hinge cover, portrait of a woman, note inside case states: "Dear Aunt Sally, Papa's oldest sister, M. G. R."-CDV, measures 2 ½" x 4", full length portrait of man, written on edge of photo is "Who is this man Uncle Ed," possibly a photo of Edward Robinson Smith.-11 copies of photos, various sizes, black and white, several of Eli Smith, which are copies of an earlier painted portrait, Hetty Smith, and possibly Elizabeth Butler; a copy of a view of Beirut; copy of a view of the Protestant Female Seminary at Beirut, etc.-5 negatives of a house, presumably a former Smith family home; one is a negative of Eli Smith. Postcards:23 postcards, 3 are not used; mostly addressed to Edward Robinson Smith, and written by his mother Henrietta "Hetty" Simpkins Butler Smith, dated c1883-1891, addressed to Smith in New York City. Miscellaneous Ephemera:24 miscellaneous manuscript and typed items (over 60 pp) includes: "Management of Grapes by William Forsyth," "Rules for French Pronunciation," "French Pronunciation," "Rules for the Pronunciation of Latin," typed copy of "On the Translation of the Bible into Arabic by Eli Smith," typed copy of "The Churchman, August 28, 1915," typed copy of "Date Furnished by Dr. C.V.A. Van Dyck with Reference to the Translation of the Scriptures into the Arabic Language under the Auspices of American Mission in Syria and the American Bible Society," amongst other miscellaneous items; plus 10 used envelopes; 3 newspaper clippings (brittle); 1 invitation to Varnishing Day Reception, National Academy of Design (1912); 1 printed notice for meeting for the Friends of the Canal Railroad Extension (1852); 1 circular for A. Raymond & Co., NYC (not dated); 1 oversize "copy" of 1830 map and itinerary of a journey of the Peloponnesus and Greek Islands; 4 incomplete letters (6 mss pp) of Henrietta "Hetty" Simpkins Butler Smith (not dated); and one pocket watch fob, made from human hair with manuscript note explaining how the item came to be made, and whose hair it belonged to.Henrietta "Hetty" Simpkins Butler Smith (1815-1893)Henrietta Simpkins Butler was born in 1815 at Northampton, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Daniel Butler (1768-1833) and his wife Elizabeth Simpkins (1774-1849). Her father Daniel Butler was a merchant at Northampton, but a native of Hartford, Connecticut. He was the son of Capt. Daniel Butler (1712-1766) and Sarah Bull (1726-1804). Henrietta's mother, Elizabeth Simpkins, was born in Massachusetts. She was a native of Boston, and the daughter of John Simpkins (1740-1831) and Mehitable Torrey Kneeland (1738-1817), and the granddaughter of John Simpkins (1740-1831), a commissioned captain in the Massachusetts Militia in the Revolutionary War under Col. Henry Bromfield in 1776. Together Elizabeth Simpkins and her husband Daniel had at least seven children: Ann Butler (1797-1828); John Simpkins Butler, M.D. (1803-1890); Sarah Butler (1805-1806); Sarah Torrey Butler (1811-1862); Maria Butler (1814-1901); Hetty Simpkins Butler (1815-1893); and Elizabeth Wells Butler.Hetty Butler married missionary Eli Smith on 7 October 1846 at Northampton, Massachusetts. She was Smith's third wife. Henrietta was also a missionary. Eli Smith was an American Protestant Missionary and scholar, born on 15 September 1801 in Northford, Connecticut, into a family known for its piety. His father was a farmer, shoemaker, and deacon. Eli's uncle, Samuel Whitney, who at the age of twenty-four had accompanied him to Yale, dropped out of Yale and became one of the pioneering missionaries to Hawaii in 1819. Eli went on to graduate from Yale in 1821 and from Andover Theological Seminary in 1826. He worked in Malta until 1829, and then, in company with H. G. O. Dwight traveled through Armenia and Georgia to Persia. They published their observations, Missionary Researches in Armenia, in 1833, in two volumes. Eli Smith settled in Beirut in 1833. Along with Edward Robinson, he made two trips to the Holy Land in 1838 and 1852, acting as an interpreter for Robinson in his quest to identify and record biblical place names in Palestine. He is known for bringing the first printing press with Arabic type to Syria. He went on to pursue the task which he considered to be his life's work: translation of the Bible into Arabic. Although Smith died before completing the task, the work was completed by C. V. Van Dyck of the Syrian Mission and published in 1860 to 1865.Hetty and Eli had five children, all born in what was then called Syria, but is present day Beirut, Lebanon. After the death of Eli Smith, Hetty moved back to America with her children and lived in East Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, where she is found in the 1860 and 1870 Census with her children. Her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Smith, was educated at the Female Seminaries in Hartford and Ipswich, Massachusetts and later taught at the Female Seminary at Mt. Auburn, Cincinnati. She became a well-known lecturer and was listed in the Women's Who's Who of America by John William Leonard 1914-1915. Mary Elizabeth married Seneca Sheldon Marcy (1827- ). Hetty's daughter, Sarah Butler Smith (1851-1905) married Theodore L. Stiles (1848 -); and a son Edward Robinson Smith (1854-1921). There are several letters in this collection by Sarah Butler Smith Stiles. Sarah married Stiles in 1872 in Amherst, Massachusetts and they subsequently moved to Tucson, Arizona, where her husband Theodore, an attorney, opened a legal practice. The couple lived in Tucson for about nine years. Theodore soon became a judge, but was indicted for embezzlement. His wife (Sarah) was granted a divorce from him, and he ran for the Supreme Court of the newly formed state of Washington. Sarah. After divorcing Stiles, Sarah moved to Coronado Beach, California, where Hetty visits her and writes to her son Edward. (Hetty also wrote several letters from Tucson while visiting her daughter there). Sarah Butler Smith Stiles was married a second time to Massachusetts state legislator and public official William Derbyshire Curtis (1844-1917), of Lenox, Massachusetts. There was also an older son, one Charles H. Smith who is found living with his mother and siblings in the 1860 Census, listed as a student. By the time the 1880 Census was taken, Hetty is found living in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her son Benjamin and Edward, who both attended Amherst University.Hetty Simpkins Butler Smith died in Lyons, Michigan, on 26 July 1893, was buried in the family plot at Bridge Street Cemetery, in Northampton, Massachusetts.The collection offered here contains approximately 92 letters written by Hetty Smith to her sons Benjamin Eli Smith, and Edward Robinson Smith. There are also 11 letters written by Benjamin Eli Smith to his mother when he was studying in Germany.Benjamin Eli Smith (1857-1913)Benjamin Eli Smith, L.H.D., was born on 7 February 1857 in Beirut, Ottoman Empire (now Lebanon). He was an American editor. He graduated from Amherst College (A.B., 1877; A.M., 1881), earning the degree of L.H.D. in 1902. He studied at Gottingen and Leipzig, Germany and was an instructor of mathematics at Amherst in 1878-1880, and in psychology at Johns Hopkins University in 1881-1882. He was managing editor (1882-1894) of the first edition of the Century Dictionary, and became editor-in-chief of the revised edition after the death of editor William Dwight Whitney in 1894. As the editor, he was also responsible for the Century Cyclopedia of Names (1894), the Century Atlas (1897), the two-volume Century Dictionary Supplement (1909), and the revised and enlarged Century Dictionary, Cyclopedia, and Atlas (twelve volumes, 1911). Additionally, he translated Schwegler's History of Philosophy and Cicero's De Amicitia, as well as editing selections from other works. Benjamin married Cornelia "Cora" Shelton (1853 -) in 1883, daughter of Margaret Shelton. Together they had a daughter Miriam Gray Smith (1890-1978). In 1900 to 1910, Smith is found living with his wife Cora and their daughter Miriam in New Rochelle, NY. Miriam Gray Smith married physician/surgeon Thomas Hubbard Russell (1886 -) in 1915 and made their home at New Haven, Connecticut, where together they had at least three children: Margaret, Thomas, and John. Their daughter Margaret was a graduate of Vassar College and Yale Law School. She married Stanley Leavy. In an issue of the "Journal of the New Haven Colony Historical Society" offered in this collection, Margaret Leavy (1918-2007) published an article on Eli Smith as a student at Yale. Benjamin Eli Smith died on 18 March 1913 The archive offered here appears to have descended through Miriam Gray Smith Russell. Edward Robinson Smith (1854-1921)Edward Robinson Smith was the eldest son of missionaries Eli Smith and his wife Hetty Smith. He was born in Beirut, Ottoman Empire (present day Lebanon) on 3 January 1854. He was educated at Phillips Academy, Andover, and Institute of Technology, Worcester, he also attended Amherst College. He studied sculpture with Dr. William Rimmer in Boston, and was also instructor in Normal Art School, 1876-1878; studied sculpture and painting in Paris, Munich, and Florence in 1878-1880, and was instructor in modeling and art anatomy at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1880-1881. He pursued the profession of sculpture and painting in Boston and New York City from 1881. He later was appointed reference librarian at Avery Architectural Library at Columbia University in 1894 when it was founded; he was also appointed instructor in modeling in the Architectural Department and Teacher's College, Columbia University in 1900. He was associated with Hon. Russell Sturgis in the preparation of the Dictionary of Architecture, published by MacMillan in 1901. He lectured on history of arts at the University Extension Exchange starting in 1909. He contributed to his brother's Century Dictionary; as well as the New International Encyclopedia, and the architectural journals of his day. He made his home in New York City.Edward Robinson was named by his father to honor his friend and colleague Edward Robinson. Edward Robinson (1794-1863) was an American biblical scholar. He studied in the United States and Germany, a center of biblical scholarship and exploration of the Bible as history. He translated scriptural works from classical languages, as well as German translations. His Greek and English Lexicon of the New Testament (1836; last revision, 1850) became a standard authority in the United States, and was reprinted several times in Great Britain. His work in Biblical Geography and Biblical Archaeology conducted in the Ottoman-ruled Palestine region in the late 1830s and 1850s, earned him the epithets "Father of Biblical Geography" and "Founder of Modern Palestinology." Eli Smith traveled with Edward Robinson, making two trips to the Holy Land with him in 1838 and 1852, where he acted as Robinson's interpreter in his quest to identify and record biblical place names in Palestine. Sample Quotations:"Gottingen Oct 24th 1880Dear Mother,I wish you could look out of my window with me this morning. Yesterday the trees were in full leaf, most of them a dark rich green. This morning they are bending under the weight of half a foot of snow! The sky is clear, the sun bright and altogether are a very beautiful sight, only a little trying for the eyes.My life in G. has thus far been very pleasant and [promises] to continue to be so all through the winter. Thursday (21st) the lectures began and I entered upon my proper year's work. Externally and internally things can be more different than German University and an American College. With the former there is apparently not the slightest effort to 'make a display.' Instead of grouping the university buildings together, or [xxxx], in the most conspicuous places in the city and expending hundreds of thousands on elegant dormitories &c &c the German builds wherever it is most convenient (or rather inconvenient) and without the lest regard to effect. One must literally walk all about Gottingen in order to find the University; it is like the center of space, nowhere and everywhere. The same thing is noticeable internally. Some days after the semester nominally opened notices were posted by the different professors in here or there places announcing when and where their various courses of lectures would be given. My first experience was a lecture by Lotze. It was announced for three o'clock. About five minutes past three I arrived and found the lecture room filled with students, but no professor. Picking out a bench where the wood seemed softest I waited. Just as the clock struck the first quarter the door opened and the famous philosopher - a little bent, insignificant man - entered. Immediately a great stamping of the feet (and a small sand storm of dust) by way applause. The philosopher pulled off his overcoat, climbs up into his chair, and without more ado ejaculates 'Meine Herren!' and the lecture begins. At last, in the middle of a long sentence, the clock strikes four. The philosopher instantly dismounts from his chair, finishes his sentence while putting on his coat, and is out of the door before I can close by notebook. Another noteworthy feature of these lectures is the total absence of oratory. Lotze lectures with one hand over his eyes, and in a low conversational tone of voice. Bauman with his eyes shut, and his hands reaching out to the [Enfinita] - in an infinite variety of directions.With my own success as a herren I am very well satisfied. I have, thus far, had no difficulty in understanding the lectures as delivered, and was able at the very first to take five pages of notes in very fair German. I listen to Baumam almost as easily as our listening to English. Lotze is more difficult, his thought and style being more complex. This makes me feel quite jolly, for I thought that I should lose a good deal of time through inability to understand the language...Your aff. Son Benj. E. Smith""Gottingen Nov 27th 1880My dear Mother,When I see Clifford Bateman again I will pull his ear. Jolly of course I am, was I not always jolly at home - except when I was cross? It must have been my beard that gave me in "John's" eyes, the appearance of a wild and desperate man, - for I confess it does make me look like a "missing link" between a burglar and a what-is-it. Secondly, however, you need have no more fear of my running wild here, than you would have if I were at home. In some way or other - I will not insinuate how - your young ones have come by tolerably "level" heads and do not take very naturally to nonsense. We have something better to do - and we propose to do it. At present, you can think of me as growing frightfully dissipated over an attempt to make "head or tail" out of the writings of the immortal philosopher Kant, which constitutes my chief recreation. It is very exciting - chiefly on account of the uncertainty of het result.The book came all right. You need not send the others, except, perhaps the one to Mary. I leave it to your judgment. The book has been noticed as much and as favorable as it deserves. I have never considered my part in it as having any special value. The notice in the "Student" was a trifle comical, still it showed that someone [xxxxx] was good...and that is always pleasant.I am glad that Ned is succeeding so well. Still, as you say, it is very important that he should have time and enough of it for self-improvement. The teaching business is a miserable one.Hope to hear soon that Dr. Hickok has passed through the operation successfully. Everything all right with me. Love to all...Your aff. Son Benj. E. Smith""Leipzig Feb 12th 1881Dear Mother,Your write that I would have to look at you 'over the drifts'; - you would have to look at me over the mud. We have had hardly any winter, in the New England sense of the world and now Spring seems to have come "with a vengeance." Rain, mud and bad tempers are the order of the day. I am too busy however to mind very much what is going on outdoors.I have just returned from the opera. Weber's Freischütz" - a grand treat. You have simply no conception at all of what music is - you poor people there in America! (Ned knows for he has been to Munich). Here in Leipzig the people breathe it, feed upon it. This is a city of musical critics and artists. You may be sure that I am not neglecting my opportunities in this direction. I wish I could send you in this letter some of the exquisite strains that are running through my memory as I write! Yet the last last thing I would desire would be to be a musician! Music appeals too directly to the emotions. There is too little that is intellectual in it; it tends to destroy that mental equilibrium which the philosopher regards as the one things needful, so after I have had a little musical revel I plug away all the harder at my Kant...Your aff. Son Benj. E. Smith""Sunday Morning May 14th [1883]My dear NedI think about you all the time and will not presume to be comfortable and easy until you have good paying work. The sheet to Ben is for you. You must have money and if you are not likely to get art work, do something else for the time to tide over. Take a sensible practical view of it. The feeling of the want of money cramps one, so if I was rich you should do just as you liked. I hope you will get work at Tiffany yet. I am a little discouraged about offering my suggestions because you don't follow them. It would be money in your pocket if you would. I keep think all the same and love you just as much. I have been sweeping this morning so must hurry up. I am ready to sell out here as soon as you are settled.Amherst is looking charmingly now. In two or three weeks I shall be thinking of going to Conn' to visit Aunt [Heugh]. When I do I want to go with Ben to see Cora. I want him to [hear] it in mind so that we can plan to meet> They want me to be sure to spend a Sabbath in Colchester.New darling boy I want to say one thing not to flatter you, but to have you realize your own resources. Do you really think art work is the only thing you can do well? If you do, I do not. Your literary culture could open other doors for you. I have longed to have you write. In library work your knowledge of books would serve you well, especially if there was an art department.Please understand that I am not pleading to have you give up art, but to secure money...Don't forget to write, with warmest love, Mama""Columbia College, New York, 25 Nov 1882Dear Ed,Mr. Haight was up to see me on business this morning. Among other things I asked him if he had seen you. He said he had; and I told him he had better hang on to you. He said he had been waiting to hear from you & had about given you up, as he had had no word from you, & that he had set today to hear from other parties who were anxious to do the work. I told him he had better suspend his decision a few days, & that I would drop you a line, in the hope he might hear from you.When you left me, you told me that there was not over a week's work for you to do on the bust of Doc & that you would be back here in a fortnight. It is careless of you to neglect an opportunity for which you are seeking. Haight said today this would be the beginning only, if the work should prove satisfactory. I have other lines also in view, if this should fail, which would suit you as well or better than this. In justice to yourself & to your friends, you ought to avail yourself of a chance which you have yourself sought, and the neglect of which [rack] on the friend through whom you have sought it more seriously than on you. Stop the snowbank philosophy down there on practical artistic success, & define your intentions here in New York where you are within reach of data to help you. Do not feel discourage at what you call you r slip up in Boston. Regard it as I do, as the finger of Providence pointing you to stop useless teaching & go to work to do something. If I did not believe in your ability to succeed and feel towards you the affection of a brother, I should not urge you to take any step; but I hope you will at once on receipt of this, write a note to Mr. Haight, saying you will present your plan to him the latter part of next week & then keep your promise. Suspend your work in Amherst & come down here to set about your estimates. I have engaged the room in the Benedick of which I spoke, for Dec 1. Until then you can occupy poor Harris' room the lease of which only expires the 6 Dec, as he is still in the hospital.Ben is in good spirits & has a good prospect. Present my regard to Mrs. Smith. In great haste, Clifford R. Bateman""Wed. Morning Feb 9th 1887My beloved Boy,I have been lying awake some time thinking of you. You left in such a hurry last evening. I want to say you have not a moment to lose before you fix your outside work. If this last experience does not teach you its absolute necessity I do not know what will. That evening work seems to be just what you want with the letters in your pocket. Why don't you apply? Some good chance may slip through your fingers as so many have. If there is no present opening secure the first vacancy and let Ben advertise for pupils. There is gold somewhere but it takes energy & pluck to get it. Get money for your expenses then your other work will increase and you will be another man. All the trouble of the last four years has been your own work. I prayed you to get outside work...Be sure to write to St. Louis. Tell the man you can send him designs figure drawings - propose making a sort of business arrangement with him. Try a moderate price for different ages of designs. Time is precious. Moments fly. I must see you all right before I leave... Mama""Sunday Aug 22d 1887Dear Boy,It is Sunday night and almost ten o'clock. This morning I [didn't do] the long walk to the village church, so decided to worship with the colored people at Zion chapel. I used to teach there when I first went to Amherst. Mr. Wright, a retired minister, preached and gave the notice for a praise meeting this evening, so I went with Miss Snell. The colored people sang with a [xxxx] and I could have listened an hour longer. The music is peculiar there is a richness, melody, and strange [pathos] doubtless born of slavery. After the close Davis and others (a quartet) were still singing and I asked them to sing Swing Low Sweet Chariot, which they did willingly. It was a joy to me. At the last lines they fell to a very low big soft and very sweet "Coming for to carry me home. Swing low sweet chariot." I was so much waked up last night that I could not sleep. I tried to...Mother""June 16th 1888My dear Boy,Sallie has just finished a letter to you and I will add a line. Your designs are beautiful. Your second thoughts were wise. It would be a joy to us to have you with us; as far as the climate the pleasant home, scenery, etc., are concerned I have not a fear that you would be disappointed notwithstanding it is a great changer from N.Y. The business part is another story. Before this boom San Diego was a very dull place, now making money is the ruling theme, and one needs to be keen and on the alert to succeed. Sallie has just now had an experience. Mr. Ed. Lamme stands by and helps her out. As long as you are making a living income you can afford to be patient remembering we are on the alert to secure what may be to your advantage. Now, you could not live on the sale of your work. There are funds on hand and large amount subscribed for an industrial institution like the Pratt I fancy, and there are other plans, but everything waits for a new start in business. Don't think so much of complications, drive ahead make yourself necessary to the firm then possibly endure them to give you a vacation to make us a visit to see it for yourself. When you feel blue go and call on some pleasant friend. If S. can sell this place for a good advance it will set her on her pins. With warmest love, Mother""Coronado Beach July 8th 1889Dear Ned,The way I am situate here gives me a chance (if you were here) to do more for your health and comfort, ever so much more, then I could have done by staying in the East. I had not money to run the house and could not pay my board in N. York. If you don't sail yourself to a position in N. York I think you are unwise not to make a trial of this climate and this home. There is no fighting the weather here as there are no extremes. Just now we are having highs fogs more than usual and had night a light rain. I am inclined to believe that railroads & civilizations change climate. On the 4th lots of people came to the beach to see the yachts race. We went over at about ten o'clock. The boats started at 12 o'clock. There were lunch stands on the beach, but we came home as Sallie said the strawberries would spoil. After our lunch we returned to the Hotel found pleasant seats at an open window in the concert room and saw the boats come back to their mooring. In the morning we had comfortable chairs in the shade on the ocean side of the Hotel, the terraced side. The Hotel is the source of wonder as admiration to its visitors. Everything within and without is so quiet home like and superior.I intend sending you the Sat' paper giving an account of the race. I can't find it, so conclude Sallie used it to wrap flowers. We both keep well. S goes to the bathing tank once or twice a week with friends. I often go to see the fun...Loving Mother""Coronado Aug 14th, 1889Dear Ned,I find that my last letter for you was mailed the last of July. Sorry to find that I have skipped a week. My plan is to send you a weekly letter. Here on the beach we live such a quiet life, time slips by faster than we think. When we exchange letters weekly it shortens distance. Since I last wrote we have had a company of soldiers (Nat. Guard) encamping on Pacific Beach and the Masonic Order Knights Templar camping at our famous Hotel. They came in a special train round the Bay, five hundred or more. I saw their entrance from the Hotel piazza. The train stopped very near the Hotel grounds. The Knights of San Diego were drawn up in order to receive them in full costume. They quick passed them two by two with heads uneven. It was quite a sight. Their order dates back to the crusades. It reminded me of my first visit to Malta. In a long hall the armor of the old Knights is kept, complete from head to foot standing in rows ready to march, so it seemed. The Rhodes I saw the houses they occupied. They had a banquet at the Hotel and a good time every way. The Hotel was full. They, the Knights, have taken their departure.We are having a turn of heat not very bad. It has been enough to make me feel very dull. John D. Spreckles has made aa large purchase of the Coronado Co.'s stock near five hundred thousand. I may have written this in my last letter. It has brightened the real estate business. Lots and houses have been sold all about us. Dear Boy don't forget to write. Since Cora's illness we have had but very few letters and Ben write us business.Remember you are constantly in my mind. We keep up on visits to the bathing tank. I don't go in but watch the rest. No letters from you as yet. With warmest love, Mother""Ginn & Company, Publishers743 Broadway, New YorkJan. 6th, 1891Mr. E. R. Smith, San Diego, Cal.Dear E.R. : - This I presume will find you basking in the sunshine of Southern California, and I hope with nothing but pleasant memories of your trip across the continent. Now, I want you to write me an interesting account of your trip. It is not often that a man of your brains goes to California on $50.00. I wish you would write just as interesting account as you can after leaving Norfolk. The sort of people that were with you, what you learned from them, where they were bound, what induced them to change, what their hopes for the future were. Give me just as full an account as you possibly can of your experience. I think if you can write me a long letter I can get it published so that it will bring you in quite a sum of money, and perhaps by this means you can pay your trip, therefore, let me hear from you just as soon as you can.We have had very cold weather since you went away. Now, I hope you will plan to keep might busy, and I should try outside life. That is the thing for you to do, I believe, but you know best. Please remember me kindly to your mother; possibly she may remember having met me.Hoping that I shall have a good, long letter from you and that you will not regret having made the trip, I am,Sincerely yours Geo. A. Plimpton"
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