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    Letter, Kate Gleason to James Gleason
    April 30, 1889

    Kate discusses the reputation of a female friend and reports on their brother Andrew's inclusion in the city directory as a machinist. She discusses grades, yachts, her Fortnightly Ignorance Club, and the gym.
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    Letter, Kate Gleason to James Gleason
    June 4, 1889

    Kate discusses Jim's finances and exams. She hints about recent accidents in the Gleason tool shop and updates Jim on the family's yacht, their new cook, and upcoming plans with her various social clubs.
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    Letter, Kate Gleason to James Gleason
    October 13, 1888

    Kate tells Jim about a care package the family is giving him and of their mother's plans to visit him for Thanksgiving. She discusses social events, the family business, and the presidential election.
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    Letter, Kate Gleason to James Gleason
    October 16, 1888

    Kate reports that business has been profitable and the family has acquired another house. She discusses a visit from a male acquaintance and apparent antisemitism in her German club. She has joined a new club and a gym and questions the sexual inequality at Cornell and Sage College.
  • audio

    The Fortnightly Ignorance Club

    An audio clip about the professional women's club to which Kate Gleason belonged.
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