This collection contains correspondence of Los Angeles schoolteacher Allie Prescott to her family in Massachusetts between
1870 and 1891.
The letters in the collection deal primarily with family history and Prescott's struggles with loneliness, teaching, and living
in Los Angeles.
Sometime before 1870, Allie Prescott (born circa 1847) left her native Massachusetts to start a new life in Los Angeles, California.
She travelled alone,
leaving behind a large family in Boston. Prescott soon became a public schoolteacher and fell in love with the young city’s
abundant fresh produce, and mix of cultures. Deeply religious, Prescott’s letters include mention of several Los Angeles area
Methodist, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, and Unitarian. Finally, while the motivations behind Prescott’s move are unknown,
her letters indicate that she was sending money home to help support her mother.
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