Date Published: 1887 to 1938
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Carolyn Ernestine Hale Russ of Boston, Mass. was an elocutionist, reader, and a popular figure that performed dramatic recitals during the late 1880s and 1890s. She was active with the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her parents were Richard Lunt Hale and Hannah Sewell Perley. Carolyn Hale Russ edited her father’s journal of his trip to the gold fields of California from 1849 to 1854.
The collection consists of 21 items dating from 1887 to 1938, specifically, 17 pieces of ephemera, 3 letters to Russ (1 ALS & 2 TLS) and 1 book.
Various printed cards, Testimonials, Poems, Recordings, Photo image related to Russ’s early career as a dramatic performer and reciter.
1 ALS to Russ;
• ALS from Edward Howard Griggs (poet and author), 4 April 1938, with envelope, re thanking Russ for sending the lovely poem, the little dinner party, and illness of various people.
2 TLS to Russ;
• TLS from Puboineary?, envelope posy-marked 30 September 1888, re his sermon, the importance of purity and a virtuous life.
• TLS from Louise H. Gunyol, Boston Evening Transcript, 18 February 1922, thanking her for her story.
• The log of a forty-niner : journal of a voyage from Newbury-port to San Francisco in the brig Genl. Worth, commanded by Capt. Samuel Walton. Carolyn Hale Russ, ed. Boston: B.J. Brimmer Company, 1923. Being the Record of adventures by the sea and shore to the California gold fields and the Pacific Northwest 1849-1854. Green paper boards, quarter bound in blue cloth in slightly chipped jacket. Photoprint of Carolyn Hale Russ and her husband, Willis R. Russ, affixed to the front free endpaper.
Richard Hale’s ancestors came from England to New England in pioneer days. Of the three brothers to leave England, his ancestor settled in Newbury. “From that sturdy stock came Nathan Hale, the 'martyr spy,' and back in England Sir Mathew Hale, famed as the only judge judging righteous judgment in an unrighteous time.” In 1857 Richard married Hannah Sewell Perley, a descendant of Allen Perley who sailed for America in Governor Winthrop's fleet. Through his personal journal, Richard Hale tells not only his own adventures in a young San Francisco and in the wild, unsettled northwest, but also presents the history unfolding around him. Also included are illustrations made from pencil drawings by the author in his journal kept during his trip to and from the gold fields of California in 1849 to 1854. Carolyn Hale Russ uses the diary and personal accounts of her father, Richard L. Hale, to discuss California exploration by settlers from 1849 to 1854. Russ highlights the land and ship excursions her father undertook in order to find adventure and gold. The Log of a Forty-Niner offers rich accounts and interesting illustrations to immerse a reader in the experiences of a fortune-seeker encountering the natural beauty of the West Coast.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.