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Isabella Barnes to Governor Edward Hoch

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March 7, 1906
To the Honorable
Gov. E. Hoch
Topeka, Ks.
Sir: -
The U.S. Attorney Gen. At Washington, D.C. in reply to my letter to him to wear men's clothing referred me to the Federal authorities of my section.
My reasons are many; the main one is, that stranded here among strangers that I cannot obtain employment hardly at housework, which I am unable to do; brought west by my husband who after securing what ready moneys he could and too indolent to work deserted me. His profession was a lawyer and a newspaper man.
This climate has further broken my health. Its about four years since. I am gray-haired.
Teaching profession is overcrowded even in the Territories and those severe examinations to pass. I have many internal complications and rheumatism.
I cannot type write: my fingers are too stiff; and memory no good. How much time allowed to wear them.
I had thought of manufacturing something with a little help and traveling, and if possible get some agents: but it is difficult to do that in this western country. A lone woman meets with too many insults from men, and you do not know who to trust.
Yours respectfully,
Mrs Isabella Barnes
Liberal. Kansas.
Would I be liable to arrest in other states and territories. Office positions are denied me because am a woman. Are there not papers given certifying the granted permission?

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