Document 24: Elayne DeLott to Renee DeLott, "this is obviously not a recording," Canton, Mississippi, [early October 1964], Elaine DeLott Baker Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
After doing research in the Jackson statehouse, I moved to Madison County (Canton being the county seat), twenty-six miles north of Jackson, to get a better sense of the county. I loved the work there, which gave me my first meaningful contact with local people.
this is obviously not a recording, cannot tell you the correct time or anything, but it is indeed a carbon copy of what i am doing in boring prose. i love the work i do, but i am bored telling about it in every letter so i made a few carbons. i hope you can tell from the stuff how great it is and how much i must love it. i adore the farmers most of all, and am learning alot about how to organize people and how to organize a program like this. i am getting practically a master's in agricultural economics in my spare time through reading all the journals on programs and subsidies etc. i also know the name of every offical in madison county and every county in the state, its representatives, senators, judges, sheriffs' etc. all totally worthless information outside of miss. i am living in canton with a negro family and another white girl. i am not sure how long i will stay here, but probably a couple of months. i do get my meals and so don't have to spend very much money.
i hope by now you have a job, both from personal considerations and mercenary concern as i may leave miss. in about four months and head either for mexico and south america or for europe. anyway, don't worry necessarily about paying me back, but i will probalby need $125 in about three or four months from somewhere. please write me and tell me what's going on and send my carbon to friend. i'll send an accompanying letter myself.
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