[Letter to Zane Grey about Seth Kinman]
Eagle Grove, IA: 1928. 3 pages, autograph letter, signed. Written longhand to the western author Zane Grey, seeking to interest him in telling Seth Kinman's story. Kinman was one of the more interesting characters who lived in Humboldt County, California. He hunted bear, elk, and Indians with equal enthusiasm. He was a great self-promoter and made elk horn and bear paw chairs, which he presented to Presidents Buchanan, Lincoln, Johnson, Hayes, and Cleveland, but not before having Mathew Brady take his photograph for CDVs, which Kinman sold as souvenirs. His collection of oddities and curios was exhibited at the 1893 World's Exposition in the Humboldt County exhibit. Kinman gave Richmond, the author of this letter, the manuscript of his autobiography and his scrapbook of newspaper clippings. Most of what we know about Kinman (and how much of that is true is a matter for another catalog entry) comes from Richmond's edited version of those materials. This letter offers a brief summary of Kinman's exploits and Richmond's relationship with Kinman. ISBN: 281AIB1030886.
Folded for mailing, else fine. In the original envelop, made from tanned and chipping acidic paper. Note, probably written by Grey's secretary, on the outside of envelope.