Letter from Charlotte Cushman to James Fields, July 15, 1868

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Letter from Charlotte Cushman to James Fields, July 15, 1868


Relationships--Patrons and Protégés
Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881
Fields, Annie, 1834-1915
Atlantic Monthly
Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864
United States--Boston


Cushman has sent packages to London and mentions an essay (written by Elizabeth Peabody as indicated in a letter from Cushman to Annie Fields) about the genius of Hawthorne which may encourage more public attention to the Marble Faun. Cushman originally wanted to publish it with the North British Review but wonders whether Fields would publish it in the Atlantic. Due to her aversion to reading, she asks Fields that he may tell her audience of wealthy people that she would rather not read in public if she can help it. In particular, Cushman asks Fields to talk to a Mr. Frothingham since Fields is likely to find the right words without offending the "mercantiles". In particular, she does not want to read in the Music Hall as it is not made for readings.


Huntington Library, James Thomas Fields Papers and Addenda


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Huntington, JTFP, Box 12, FI 693





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[page 1] care of Secry [Secretary] of State — 
Dear friend 
It has been my purpose ever since I landed on these burning +++ to send you. a line. to ask +++ do? but what +++ seeing any +++ of people and +++. I have not had the time & here it is so hot. That I am afraid to do any thing but live & breath [sic] & have my beans! +++ is totally out of the question & therefore I am not even writing now — only just scratching you a line, to say I sent by a private pair [?] of hands the other day. a couple of packages - are for +++ James. in London - which I suppose will explain itself & another which I must 

[page 2] explain somewhat. It is a very beautifully written (I think you will say) essay on the genius of Hawthorne. which I was so exceedingly anxious That you - his most earnest love – Should have rather than anybody else. That I positively wished it out of hands to which it had been +++ for publication. because I felt that No one would do it the justice that you would & I thought that No one would give so much for it as you would. +++ for the Magazine or for separate publication--as should seem +++ & best to you. It is a curious reading of the Marble Faun. & so, ought to make the book more read. by its light! Read it like a good soul for the Sake of the dear good hard working old author--& for mine. who

[page 3] esteem the writer & the writing. & let me hear one word from you at your best leisure. I hope Annie is well & well doing Give her my kind love. & tell her that I shall be +++ my way Swampscotwards [?] about the 20' of August or perhaps the 18". & if she is there in Boston shall hope to find her during for the two days I shall stay in Boston then. Where is Mr Bealis [?]? By the way the Mercantile Library have [sic] sent to ask me to Read [?] for Them. it is such a bon [?] to have to write to these public bodies. as you gave them the +++ to write to me why cant [sic] you like angel. just tell this Mr Frothingham That I cannot in any way meet his wishes I wont [sic] read for any body. unless it be for this fund for the brackets & busts — & not then, unless I find

[page 4] I cant [sic] talk the Boston richpeople into being ashamed to let me work to carry out the project. having done so much to help them on the way I hate to read, except to 6 people & I wont [sic] read to a public. if I can possibly help it. & nothing would induce me to try to read in the Music Hall, which is not made for reading in! you can say this in so much more clever language Than I & not offend these young mercantiles that you would greatly oblige me if you would do it & I will do as much for you. if you are ever caught in such a scrape. I want to see you so much & hear your experiences & tell you mine--& see your new publishing house. Have you seen a new home or +++ by Swinburne called  'watchman what of the night?' - It is 

[page 1 lines added vertically] splendid — Goodbye. I leave here — where I have been on a visit to Mr Seward for a week tomorrow night — & expect to be in New York on Monday at 218. E. 17" St. until Wednesday the 22d — when for three weeks after. I shall be found at care of John R. Sarland Esq Hyde Park - North River - New York 
with love to Annie +++ +++ — 
Your faithful 
Charlotte Cushman 


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881


Washington D.C., US

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Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876, “Letter from Charlotte Cushman to James Fields, July 15, 1868,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed February 21, 2024, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/149.

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