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Letter to Mrs. Elizabeth Boynton Harbert

Call Number: RH MS P832


This four-page letter of 1885 from Calista E. (Mrs. Charles G.) Larned of Kingman County, Kansas is written in response to a letter from her friend and women's suffrage leader Elizabeth Boynton Harbert of Illinois. Mrs. Larned writes from her Kingman County ranch of their mutual cause, of her hope to contribute to Harbert's pro-suffrage journal (The New Era), of the loss to fire and rebuilding of her husband's business at Wellington, of her solitude at their ranch, and of a recent alarm in their vicinity at the report of an imminent Native American attack, which proved unfounded. The letter is written on business letterhead of "C. G. Larned & Co." at Wellington.


  • July 13, 1885


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Biography of Calista E. Larned

Calista E. (Blanchard) Larned was born at Whitingham, Vermont. In 1850, she married Charles G. Larned. For a number of years, the family lived in Illinois, where Calista was Champaign County's Superintendent of Schools from 1877 to 1881.

In 1879, her husband relocated to Kansas to extend his merchandising enterprises, founding the C. G. Larned & Company hardware business at Wellington, which he operated with their son-in-law Ferdinand A. Parsons. Mrs. Larned later joined her husband in Kansas, living on their ranch in the Valley Township of Kingman County, Kansas. She served as State Superintendent of Juvenile Work with the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Kansas, continuing her active involvement in education, women's rights, and the Universalist Church. The Larned hardware company at Wellington was lost to fire in 1881 but was rebuilt.

Biography of Elizabeth Boynton Harbert (1845-1925)

Elizabeth (Boynton) Harbert was born in 1845 at Crawfordsville, Indiana. By the time of her marriage to William S. Harbert in 1870, she was a published novelist and active in Indiana's Women's Suffrage Association.

By 1876, Mrs. Harbert had become a leader in the National Woman Suffrage Association and was a co-signer of the "Declaration of Rights for Women" of July 4, 1876. She served three terms as president of the Illinois Woman's Suffrage Association--the first from 1876 to 1884, and worked in close association with fellow leaders Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In 1885, Mrs. Harbert founded and served as editor of The New Era, a monthly pro-suffrage periodical. She died on January 19, 1925.


1 folder ; 25 x 38 cm

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RH MS P832

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Purchase, William J. B. Burger, 2003.

Guide to the C. E. Larned Letter to Mrs. Harbert
Letter to Mrs. Elizabeth Boynton Harbert
Finding aid prepared by mh, 2007. Finding aid encoded by mh, 2007. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
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Letter to Mrs. Elizabeth Boynton Harbert, Kansas Collection, RH MS P832, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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