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C. F. Gordon Cumming Letters
MSS 0247  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Creator: Gordon Cumming, C.F. -- (Constance Frederica), 1837-1924
    Title: C. F. Gordon Cumming Letters,
    Date (inclusive): 1876 - 1878
    Extent: 0.10 linear feet (2 items (16 leaves) in one folder.)
    Repository: University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
    La Jolla, California 92093-0175
    Collection number: MSS 0247
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    Collection is open for research

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    Preferred Citation

    C. F. Gordon Cumming Letters, MSS 0247. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.


    British author of travel literature. Beginning in 1875, she was governess for the family of the British governor of Fiji, Sir Arthur Hamilton Gordon.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Two holograph letters in which Gordon Cumming relates her experiences in the South Pacific. In the 1876 letter written in Fiji, she describes her stay in Fiji, the comings and goings of various British officials, Sir Arthur Gordon's attempts to pacify the tribes of the interior of Fiji, and "unpopular" measures imposed by the British government on the residents of Fiji. The 1878 letter was written primarily during the voyage recounted in her work A LADY'S CRUISE IN A FRENCH MAN-OF-WAR (1882). In this letter, she relates her journey to Tahiti and then on to San Francisco.
    Both letters were originally laid in the Hill copy of Cumming's 1882 work (Hill DU21 .G77 1882).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Gordon Cumming, C. F. -- (Constance Frederica), 1837-1924 -- Archives
    Argyll, Elizabeth Leveson-Gower, -- Duchess of, d. 1878 -- Correspondent
    Manuscripts -- California -- San Diego
    Oceania -- Description and travel