C. F. Gordon Cumming Letters

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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

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Preferred Citation

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

Publication Rights

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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