This small but rich collection consists mostly of letters written by Jessie Kent to her mother Kate Kent, who lived in San
Diego, but also includes other correspondence written to Jessie and Kate by various relations and suitors. Jessie's letters
frequently allude to marital troubles with her husband Fred Avery, financial troubles, and family issues. Moving from Los
Angeles to New York and back again, Jessie and Fred raise their child Fred Jr. with considerable difficulty, becoming penniless
in New York City at several points. The family settled in Los Angeles in 1923. Kate's papers include letters from her other
children, Nita and Harry, and her sister May, as well as a copy of her divorce filing. The collection also contains a notebook
with a story titled "A Silent Lilly of France" by Jessi Kent.
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