Letter from Charlotte Cushman to James Fields, July 7, 1869

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Letter from Charlotte Cushman to James Fields, July 7, 1869


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Fields, Annie, 1834-1915
Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881
Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920
Relationships-- Intimate--Same-sex
Social Events--Travels
Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882


Cushman laments the fact that she was unable to answer Annie Fields's note from Scotland as she has been occupied. She notes that she has not been able to meet with James yet and hopes to see him in the future. Cushman also mentions both Emmas who are with her.


Huntington Library, James Thomas Fields Papers and Addenda


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Huntington, JTFP, Box 12, FI 708





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[page 1] Dear friend
Wednesday afternoon 5 o'clock & you are not just here. I had an appointment in London for to day which I put off on the hope +++ me that one dear good friend Flower [?] +++ would +++ you over here to day. Now I have given up hope of you & must go to London tomorrow I have a dreadful fear that Mrs Flower may not have been able to accomplish the journey to day & will be able to do so tomorrow. This will be my 

[page 2] luck [?] +++ I +++ +++ a duty to let you know that I am not going to be here either tomorrow or Friday. but on Friday night I return here & after that, shall be here for the next three weeks certain [?]. It will be too provoking, if you do come over tomorrow. & I can only hope you will not. I did not answer Annies [?] note from Scotland for I was very much occupied during my early days here. & I was so tired & good for nothing - & then came the intelligence that you were going to him the 3d instead of the 7" & that he was going to bring you over

[page 3] to see me. So I waited [?] until I could answer you face to face. & hear all you would say in reply. I hear you are having a splendid time. & that everybody is in love with you all there - for I hear of Miss Lowell too I must continue by hook or by +++ to see you somehow. dont [sic] let me lose you because I must go up to town tomorrow. but do wait over & then - if there is no other way to see you & Mr Flower wants us Emma & I will come over to Stratford on Saturday night & stay over Sunday just to enjoy you all together. dont [sic] know whether there is room on the hill for us. but that we shall know by hearing or not hearing from them – Emma Stebbins will remain

[page 4] here. & Emma Cushman, with her three lovely babies, is here - so you will see the family represented but I shall be so so sorry to miss you. Perhaps you will come over here on Saturday & stay over Sunday. That would be splendid! at all +++ let me have a word from you. when do you go home. oh I have been so homesick this summer. for my own beloved [?] land - last summer of delight nearly spoiled me. I never enjoyed any summer at home as I did this last. I wonder if next summer will be half as sweet & lovely. for I am going to try it. Goodbye. give me an answer
Believe me with all affection to both of you -
faithfully yours
Charlotte Cushman 


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881


Knotsford Lodge, Great Malvern, Worcestershire, UK

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Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876, “Letter from Charlotte Cushman to James Fields, July 7, 1869,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed April 22, 2024, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/156.

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