Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Annie Fields, Jan 5, 1871

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Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Annie Fields, Jan 5, 1871


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Fields, Annie, 1834-1915
Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920
Social Events--Travels


Cushman informs the Fields family about her plans of traveling and her looking for a house for Emma Cushman. Her fondness for the Hunt family, in addition to her indecisiveness about whether she should retire from the stage or go back to it, are mentioned as well.


Huntington Library, James Thomas Fields Papers and Addenda


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Huntington, JTFP, Box 12, FI 698





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[page 1] Dear friend
I have left your sweet note of welcome too long unacknowledged. but. believe me. The delay has been unintentional. my heart has been good to write every day since I read it - but I have found my days very very full lately. I am here. just trying what winter can be in this
place. which all people report [?] as the mildest Eastern climate I can have in the north. & I am proving. dear. That it can be as better here - as any where.

[page 2] while in cities one can keep warm in the house. here. I find it quite impossible. These houses built for warm weather are like barns. they are so cold. & no place is warm but beds with four blankets. Emma & Mrs Garland were with me for a fortnight - but they deserted me last Wednesday — since when Anne +++ has been two days with me. & yesterday William Hunt & his wife came down to stay with me over today & tomorrow. Wont [sic] you & Jamie +++ down if the weather gets a little warmer ever. & see how I look. for I dont [sic] think I can get to Boston until the summer. I may be compelled to stop in New York for medical help the month of March.

[page 3] & after that, must go immediately to S Louis to Emma Cushman & her +++ for two months. Then I am due in Auburn & at Hyde Park & after that I shall come East again. I am looking for a house for Emma for the summer here & think I may make it a house for the year. so that I can come here later in the autumn if I choose. Will you not write & tell me that you & Jamie will come down here someday before I leave. (27" Feby [February]) & pass a day or two with me & talk over lots of things That have transpired +++ I saw +++ two happy contented fam [?]. Mrs Hunt will tell you of me. she is a diamond, aint [sic] she. I am very fond of them both but she is beautiful & fine. 

[page 4] How strange – but how right for Jamie to retire. You see I think the sense is in knowing when to retire. But it is very hard to be tempted back to work. as I have been this last week. by offers [?] from these [?] different cities [?] to read a lecture [?] or act. in each place more money offered me for a night [last three words inserted]! Than I ever made in two before. and I have not the courage to give myself the exertment or the fatigue! I dont [sic] like to be tempted. Ever my best love to Jamie - tell him I want you two to come & tell me any quantity of things as he always does & sets me going for Em [?] so long after I have seen him - Ever believe me affectionately 
Charlotte Cushman


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Fields, Annie, 1834-1915


Newport, RI, US

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Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876, “Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Annie Fields, Jan 5, 1871,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed July 18, 2024, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/161.

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