Carrie Nation

Date Original

1905 March 17


Letter from Carry (Carrie) A. Nation in Mexia, Texas, to Mr. Steven. Nation talks about the sending Mr. Steven money and mail sent and received. She also talks about the draft of a new book she received.

Biographical/Historical Note

Carrie Amelia Nation was born on November 25, 1846 in Garrard County, Kentucky to George and Mary Moore. Carrie married a young physician and teacher by the name of Charles Gloyd, despite her parents' objections. Gloyd was an alcoholic who died from his addiction in 1869. Carrie then married David Nation, who was 19 years her senior, in 1874. He was an attorney, minster, and journalist. By 1901, Carrie and David divorced due to differences in religion and charity work. She began speaking out against the evils of alcohol and taking extreme measures to discourage the consumption of distilled liquor. She started destroying whiskey kegs with hatchets, breaking windows in saloons, and setting alcohol on fire. Carrie organized the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, which was devoted to social reform and informing the public about the destructive power of alcohol. Carrie gave speeches and toured the city of Little Rock, Arkansas, visiting twenty-six different saloons and bars in 1906. During her Arkansas visit, she was arrested in Little Rock and Hot Springs, while fighting for the Temperance movement. In 1908, Carrie retired to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. She died June 9, 1911.


March 17, 1905
Dear Mr. Steven
I am sending
you a hundred dollars[,]
two express orders[.] I wish
I had send the express order
before[.] we always have stubs
that call for the number
and place[.] I can spare this
[illegible] and to help you out[,] that
letter will return to you if I
do not get it so do not worry
over it[.] I got no letter from
you with Mr. Phillpine letter in
it so that letter is on the road
some where[.] I hope to get a
letter from you at Richmond
Texas[.] am doing well and
pushing the dollar book
and am selling them fast[.] will
be ready for the new book in May
Hope to be in Topeka about the
3 or 4 of April[.] Goodbye &
God bless us
Carry A Nation
I am in Ft Worth 21, 22, 23
I was at Wynnewood March 2
got one draft there[.] Davis & I
next day got another draft
there I think[.] see the date[.]
did you notice we will find it[/?]
tis in the bank

Physical Description

Letter, 2 pages, 6" x 9"


Women; Temperance; Correspondence

Geographical Area

Mexia, Limestone County (Texas)




SMC.00006.03, Item 2

Resource Type



Small manuscript collection, SMC.00006.03


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, Carry (Carrie) Nation to "Mr. Steven", 1905 March 17, Small manuscript collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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