Dear Emmet A letter from Annie Fellows Johnston to
14-year-old Emmet O'Neal, whose parents, Lydia and J.T. O'Neal owned a
summer home, Olde Pine
Tower in Pewee Valley and were personally acquainted with the author.
The letter was written December 27, 1901 in Walton, New York. Emmet O'Neal
was a childhood friend of the real Little Colonel, Hattie Cochran; roomed
at Centre College with Albert Conrad Dick; and was the best man at their
1912 wedding. He grew up to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives
from 1934-1946 and as the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines from June 20,
1947, to January 20, 1949. Letter from the private collection of his
daughter, Mary O'Neal.
"Struggling with 'The Little Colonel's Hero'" A letter from Annie
Fellows Johnston to Mrs. Lawton ("Mrs. Walton" in the Little Colonel
stories) sent in the spring of 1902. It's interesting that this was sent
from Walton, New York. More interesting is once again the evidence
of the tremendous amount of influence that Mrs. Lawton had on the
development of the Little Colonel series. This letter answers many of the
heretofore unanswered questions about "The Little Colonel's Hero," and
raises some more.
Letter from Lee's Ranch" from Annie Fellows Johnston to
"Mrs. Walton," Phoenix Arizona, Easter 1902 or 1903.
Annie" A letter from Annie Fellows Johnston to Mrs. Henry Lawton
("Mrs. Walton") from Boerne Texas, April 19, 1908. On the writing of
Mary Ware, life in Texas, and maybe a hint to the location Annie Fellows
Johnston had in mind of the 'fictional' boarding school, Warwick Hall?
dear Lilly" A letter from Annie Fellows Johnston to a close
friend, Lilly (??We think Lillian Barbour of Evansville, IN), sent from
Boerne Texas, in September 1908. This letter is packed with
previously unpublished background information on Annie Fellows Johnston's
personal life at the time, as well as quite a bit of insight on The
Giant Scissors and Mary Ware, the Little Colonel's Chum.
dear Miss Dickinson" A letter from Annie Fellows Johnston to a
Miss Dickinson, sent from Boerne Texas, January 11, 1910 along with a copy
of "The Jester's Sword" Discusses translations of works into
Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Braille, and points up some of the
dissatisfaction she was known to have had with her publishers.
letter young readers would often receive from Annie Fellows
Letters from Mrs. Lawton
("Mrs. Walton") to Annie Fellows
Book Party" March 7, 190?
(probably 1905 or 1906)
Hand that Touched Prince Henry's" January 3, 1906
Reunion with the 4th Regiment:
A letter from Mary Lawton ("Mrs. Walton") to Annie Fellows Johnston,
February 21, 1906.
and a Half Daughters A letter from Mrs. Walton, January 3, 1910.
The Valley has changed, the Little Colonel has moved away.