Saturday, May 31, 2008

This One's for You, Beverly

Blackfoot, Idaho
Feb. 1st, 1923

Mr. J.P. Harrington
Washington, D.C.

Dear Sir:
Since reading your article concerning your theory of the American Indian, presumed that you would be interested to know that there is a very complete history of the origin of the Indian on both of the American continents and that the book has been in circulation since the year 1830.

This history, known as the "Book of Mormon," can be purchased from the Deseret News Book Store, Salt Lake City, Utah, and I suspect it would prove very interesting to you.

Yours respectfully,
Laura Price.

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September 7, 1939

Navaho Indian Angency,
Shiprock, New Mexico

Referred for reply to J.P. Harrington

Dear Sirs:
I wish to obtain six masculine and six feminine Navaho names and their English meanings. If you can send me some of the typical and more poetical names both in the Navaho and the English, I shall be very grateful for the favor.

Very truly yours,
Juanita Hallenbeck
Roswell, New Mexico

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July 11th 1935

Dr. John P. Harrington
Department of Ethnology
Washington, D.C.

Dear Dr. Harrington,
I read with great interest in the New York Herald-Tribune today, an account of the "mind battles" which you witnessed amongst the Mission Indians of Southern California, in which convulsions and even death were reported if a contender should cross the death-line. Interested in the phenomenon of thought transference.

Thanking you in advance,
sincerely yours,
J. Lawrence Pool

No wonder Harrington hid out in the field as much as possible, refused to answer his mail, and literally became ill whenever he stayed too long in D.C.!

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