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42 The Fenway
Feb. 2nd 1900.

My dear Mr. Sheldon;

I enclose the petitions
which Alice and I have
made. If you approve of it,
will you copy it please
it must not of course, be
presented to the gentlemen
in my handwriting -- Will
you and Jenny sign it, and
if convenient, will you
get Mrs. Prattís signature?
She has told us that she
will gladly forward the
plan. Then will you please
mail it to Mr. Wm. Abercrom-
bie -- 19 Linden Place
Brookline --we want
some menís names first.

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This letter from Emma Lewis Coleman to George Sheldon is dated February 2, 1900. Miss Coleman mentions a petition (L99.133) that she and C. Alice Baker have made about the planned trolley route through Deerfield, Massachusetts. Knowing that women's voices were often not given attention in public matters, she asks Mr. Sheldon to copy it over since it must not be "presented to the gentlemen in my handwriting." Several names are mentioned: "Mrs. Pratt" was Jenny Eliza Pratt, Deerfield postmistress; "Wm. Abercrombie" lived in one of the oldest houses on the Deerfield street; "Mr. Jones" refers to Charles Jones (1820-1903), a Deerfield farmer who played a leading role in town affairs.


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Letter to George Sheldon regarding the trolley debate

author   Emma Lewis Coleman (1853-1942)
date   Feb 2, 1900
location   Boston, Massachusetts
height   8.0"
width   5.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Letter
accession #   #L99.120

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Petition to Selectmen of Deerfield regarding trolley

Letter to Mr. and Mrs. George Sheldon regarding R. H. Dana et. al and trolley

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