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JACKSON, Helen Maria Fiske, author, born in Amherst, Massachusetts, 18 October, 1831; died in Sam Francisco, California, 12 August, 1885. She was the daughter of Professor Nathan W. Fiske, of Amhers, and was educated at the Ipswich, Massachusetts, female seminary. In October, 1852, she married Captain Edward B. Hunt (q. v.). She had become known as a contributor to periodical literature, under the signature of "H. H.," when in October, 1875, she married William S. Jackson, and thereafter spent much of her time in Colorado Springs, where her husband was a banker. She became actively interested in the treatment of the Indians by the United States government in 1879, and strove to better the condition of that race. In 1883 she was appointed special commissioner to examine into the condition of the Mission Indians of California, and while thus engaged she studied the history of the early Spanish missions. From her death-bed she wrote to the president a pathetic appeal with reference to "righting the wrongs of the Indian race." Her published works include "Verses" (Boston, 1870; enlarged ed., 1874); "Bits of Travel" (1872); "Bits of Talk about Home Matters" (1873);"Bits of Talk for Young People" (1876); "Bits of Travel at Home" (1878); "Nelly's Silver-Mine" (1878); "The Story of Boon" (1879); "Letters from a Cat" (1880); "A Century of Dishonor," referring to the Indians (New York, 1881); "Mammy Tittleback and her Family" (1881); "The Training of Children " (1882);" The Hunter Cats of Connorloa" (1884); "Ramona" (1884); "Zeph" (1886); "Glimpses of Three Coasts" (1886); "Sonnets and Lyrics" (1886); "Between Whiles" (1887); also "Mercy Philbrick's Choice" (1876); and "Hetty's Strange History" (1877), contributed to the "No-Name Series." The stories published under the pen-name of Saxe Holm have been attributed to her.
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