Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow Cushman, May 6, 1865

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Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow Cushman, May 6, 1865


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Cushman, Edwin "Ned" Charles, 1838-1909
Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920
Social Events--Travels
Political Affairs
Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893


After Lincoln's assassination, Charlotte finds herself in a state of shock. She is also concerned about Emma Crow Cushman's baby and its wellbeing. A note from Charlotte should introduce Emma to some members of London's society.


Library of Congress, Charlotte Cushman Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


LoC, CCP 2:785-786





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[785] My darling will forgive her auntie. who loves her & +++ so dearly. if she only gets a short note this week. instead of her usual long wordy letter. I have been much occupied [underlined] in the early days of the week. much bothered. much troubled. & a feeling of fatigue upon me. which made me long +++ & take it. anyhow & any when I could get it. On Monday 1st May. Your dear letter of april [sic] 3d H '.S." arrived [?]. such a dear long satisfactory letter. will you believe, I was too busy to read it until I went to bed. when it comforted me in many ways. Tuesday 2d. I was very busy writing to your Grandmother. uncle charles [sic]. & Mr Morgan [?] on business on Monday. Col. Stebbins & mrs [sic] Noble arrived very unexpectedly. & since then, you may imagine I have not had much leisure. Yesterday, I read your dear letters of the 11.' 12" april [sic]. one from your father & one from Mr Macalister with my accounts +++ which I had to go carefully over last night before going to bed. & preparatory to answering this[?] morning. which I have done very conclusively before commencing my note to you. I was so glad to get your letter & one from dear Ned, for wh I will get you to kiss him - & I will write to him next week: Your last letter was not a very late date having St Louis on the 13th. & N York on the 19th. Your fathers letter dated 17". brought me intelligence of the effect produced on people by the frightful Tragidy [sic!]  at Washington on the 14" ah I cannot tell you of its effects upon me all here. It was terrible as it seems to have been everywhere. ++++  +++ +++ such  +++ +++, as seems to go up to heaven following that poor martyr's soul.  for if ever there was +++ it was abram [sic!] Lincoln. God bless him!

[reverse] all peoples abroad of whatever language. are sending public & private words of sympathy & condolence & +++ their +++ as to +++ +++ +++ possible administration. as connected with his past. +++ & +++ & prejudices. They stand still. looking on with a fear & a timidity. in doubtful conjecture. The most violent opponents are silenced in speculating on the chances and the possible consequences. abroad [underlined] !! +++ all +++ own that the Rebellion is down dead, The Times correspondent now writes with comparative respect. & speaks of the South as '+++' & "rebels" instead of 'confederates' & 'beligerents' [sic] all is well with our country - which our good true friend Mr Seward is spared. but I have been much +++ down with anxiety about him. To day [sic] we have news. That his assassin has been found & identified in Paine [underlined] but when will they get that miserable drunken +++. Booth! - Poor little Mary[?] - she has escaped much torture & suffering. Poor[?] little Edwina[?]. her look of tragic terror in her litlle photograph. was +++ a reflex of this dreadful crime. whose name will attach to hers & all her family. forever & forever! I said by the Transcript [Boston Daily Evening Transcript?] of the 18". That +++ had asked Booth to give up - his "+++ +++". & I saw that in Boothes [sic] reply. he could not let go the opportunity of a little flourish about his political ++++ & opinions. but it may have been thought necessary in consideration of his professional future. Though I cannot see how he can even hold up his head again - or present himseld to a public.

[786] It[?] was [?] very strange. That I should have +++ the assassinaton of Mr Lincoln. before we knew how he had been attacked- with a theatrical character apart from his being in a theater! These instincts of mine are peculiar. Poor wretch. I fear he will +++ +++. a wretch so desperate will take his own life first. Poor Mrs Seward poor Fannie. my heart bleeds for them. I should imagine - the horror of the +++ - would have deprived her of every +++ of a nerve. The  +++ account of it in the Transcript of the 18". took all power from my limbs & I was terrorstricken since then. I have not possessed them in quiet for a moment. You will say every thing to Anna Seward for me. will you not. I feel that any expression from you will say better than I can +++ my sympathy. my sorrow for her +++. next week I will try to write myself - I want you to bring me the best photograph of Mr Lincoln. Mr Johnson. Grant Sherman and Shiridan & Stanton! - We had a picture taken of +++ from a photograph & it is hung  up at the +++ draped with black! Mrs Adams was here at the time & we +++ much. She is prepared to have you go & see her in London. which you must do as soon as you arrive. Let Ned put on his card to Mr Moran[?], secretary of Legation & Mr Alward assistant Sec[?] Legation & to Mr Adams.  - "Introduced by Miss Cushman." - & if I am not there it will have the effect of taking you among them if go [both words crossed out] whether you are presented [underlined] or not [underlined]. I want Ned to be presented in London. & Moran who is a nice simple fellow - will tell him exactly how to do & how to behave. & about the consular

[reverse] uniform. used at foreign courts. which +++ want Ned to have [last four words underlined]. I hope to be in London when you come - but I may not. You will perhaps stop a little while with Miss Williams in +++ so as to see Rosalie & Mabel. Miss Holland is +++ up her school at +++ & so is Miss +++ & the two girls have to have other schools. Rosalie tells[?] her grandmother that her father is going to send her in sumer [?, sic] to school. I wish he would send +++ of them there, = I hope you will keep your ___nurse over yur voyage. rather than +++ dear baby +++ +++ chance of danger!I want him to have the breast just as long. as he wull take it. I will pay the nursis [sic!] passage over here & back. if you will keep her why dont [sic] you propose to Mrs Hykes to [crossed out] unless there exists some good reason why you should be watched [last five words underlined] &  taken care of this summer. to remain +++ this +++ so that you wont be such a large party +++ about. you pay her her wage [both words underlined] & then something to +++ her board. which would cost you less than her living here. & let her or +++ herself during the summer & then come out later [underined] & join you to come here after the summer is over for next winter care of baby. I +++ you are saved great anxiety by Mrs Hykes having +++ care of baby. but then, when I am with you. you are  +++ +++, so +++, any our +++ wet nurse [both words underlined]. However do as you will about her [underlined]. only you must not +++ the wet nurse! he must have her for the joy[?] up[?] what is money to me compared with his wellbeing after his teeth have come. I wont [sic] mind. but he +++ have good wholesome breast milk [?] = +++ will be +++ +++ some interest money 1st of June. & he can pay nurses fare out of it. +++ in the East. it wont [sic] so much matter. & perhaps. if after all we conclude to bring on here for the sake of baby is having the breast. +++ [end of letter missing?]"


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920


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Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876, “Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow Cushman, May 6, 1865,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed May 28, 2023, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/109.

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