Voices — Christine Collins, November 24, 1930


Los Angeles, Calif.
Nov. 24th, 1930

Dear Mr. Smith,

wanted to write to you sooner and thank you for your kindness toward
both Walter and myself but I have been very busy so please excuse the
delay this time. I have not been very well lately, which I guess is
another excuse for not writing. I am in bed several days at a time due
to my wrecked nerves.

I wanted to see you when I visited the
prison recently but I realized you were very busy at the time so did
not want to disturb you. Beside, I was very tired and nervous from my
trip to San Quentin, where I interviewed that awful person who was
hanged while I was there.

The warden there was lovely to me
too and extended such wonderful hospitality while a guest at his home.
I have met two lovely wardens and was wondering if they all were as

I had occasion to be at the Knights of Pythias hall after
a lodge meeting one evening in regard to the members considering their
signatures to a parole for Walter. I was informed beforehand that I
probably would be asked to speak in his behalf [illegible] members of
the lodge but when I arrived it seemed all the knights were present.

asked the chancellor commander to speak for me which he very kindly
did. He stated that as an appeal from a daughter of a knight (now
deceased) I asked that they consider a parole for my husband so as he
(Mr. Collins) may support and take care of me. I just couldn’t talk, it
seems, before a large body of strange me; some were acquaintances.

I was leaving I turned around and said, "I want to thank you all for
your kind attention." They all applauded. I am still wondering if it
were for the "speech" I made or for the recovery of my tongue.

Mr. Borton
told me that you wrote him a very nice letter which he will present at
the next lodge meeting. I want to thank you for this and also for your
answer to the K.P. members’ letter which Walter said you answered.

have tried real hard to secure employment for Walter but due to the
distressed conditions of the employment situation it seems impossible.
I am worrying what to do next.

Mr. Smith, if possible, in the
event Walter is given a parole I wish this would not be made public as
I believe Walter would stand a better chance for a new start. As a
favor will you please have his parole kept from the press?

Thanking you for your consideration and time and kindness toward us, I remain,

Sincerely your friend,

Mrs. Walter J. Collins
2416 N. Griffin Ave.

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