H. B. Colton letter
Scope and Contents note
Amusing letter from a bored and overworked railroad office worker describing Indianapolis society and longing for the company of old friends in Lockport. Reflecting, undoubtedly, on the Utah War, Colton Muses on page 5: "By the by . . . I should have said, 'Empassant,' what have you poor weak-kneed, brokenbacked sham Republicans in N. Y. been doing this autumn. I am ashamed of you all, and out of pure disgust I have a good mind to turn Mormon. I would, too, If I could only choose the Queen of the Harem, who should sit up in state, do just as she chose, and never to be touched with any thing rougher than the tenderest of kisses, and for whom all the rest (mere wives in name, but servants in fact) should do all menial offices, wash, cook, mend, sew, run of errands, do up the scolding, which is needful in all households and whip the – Never mind. They wouldn't need whipping. There's a picture for you, drawn by the hand of an artist—a charcoal artist on a shingle!" He also refers to Buchanan's Blunder, 1857-1858. About 5 by 8 inches. 8 pages.
- Colton, H. B. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access note
Original restricted. Digital copy available online for public use. Transcription also available for public use.
Conditions Governing Use note
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the H.B. Colton letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
H.B. Colton was a 19th century railroad worker in Indianapolis.
2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
Amusing letter from a bored and overworked railroad office worker.
Custodial History note
Purchased in 1991.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.
Existence and Location of Copies
Digital copy available online. Transcription available in Folder 2.
Processing Information note
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; July 2007.
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- H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors and John M. Murphy, curator
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- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.