Cheyenne, Wyo., May 16, 1930. Two pages on one leaf, approx. 10.5 x 7 inches, approx. 420 words, Hackman Coal Yard ("Just the Kind of Coal You Want") letterhead. Some light soiling and toning; old folds; in very good condition. Item #17283
A remarkably frank attempt to curry a long-distance relationship with a married woman. Hackman, a "58 years young" widower had placed a personal ad; Mrs. Daughty/Doughty had send a letter in response. Hackman notes, "Grace, you have the wrong attitude toward keeping your vows. When it is impossible for a man and wife to live to-gether they should by all means get a divorce and start live over again. There is some one in this world for every body if we can find them. We all make mistakes that is true. Alright, why not rectify them. If a business man or a corporation makes mistakes they change their methods, but Poor Man or Woman if they find out that their marriage was a mistake, have they no right to happiness? I may be wrong by I believe that a man and woman that God has joined together No one here can put assunder [sic]. I believe there are many marriages that God had nothing to do with. Any way I enjoyed your letter very much am going to send you one of my pictures and want you to please send one of yourself." 1930 census records show Grace Doughty of Idaho Falls as a 43-year-old married woman living as head of household in a home with three children ranging in age from 8 to 17; no husband is noted on the return. Hackman's census records suggest he was on the up-and-up, living as a coal merchant and a widowed roomer in a boarding house in Cheyenne. The noted photograph not present here.