Letter from Charlotte Cushman to the Fields family, Mar 30, 1871

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Letter from Charlotte Cushman to the Fields family, Mar 30, 1871


The Fields family has sent some books, for which Cushman is grateful, while also lamenting the fact that she and Emma Stebbins missed out on seeing them due to time constraints. Furthermore, Cushman informs the Fields about her health condition. Cancer has returned and she is in great anxiety.
Cushman keeps track of James Fields's work for the magazine.


Huntington Library, James Thomas Fields Papers and Addenda


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Huntington, JTFP, Box 12, FI 700





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[page 1] Dear friends both. It is so long since it was my day [?] to write to you. That I am ashamed & will not attempt or apologise only thank you with my heart for the books which came quite safely to me at Newport & which I enjoyed very much. as well as the one you brought me. I kept the little Dorothys [sic] poems until I could show it to Emma Stebbins when I should rejoin her at New York. When I saw you last you will remember that I was getting into a fear with regard to myself

[page 2] well it all turned out as I feared. I had intended getting help from an electrician [?] – Neftel in NY. but on my arrival he pronounced it to [sic] far advanced for him to attempt his method upon me. & it was pronounced [?] that nothing but the knife [?] could help me. & that could only take off the head of the monster for a short time. for it would grow again. For the last three weeks I have been living in the most dreadful state of uncertainly [sic] & indeciscive [sic] which has told upon me very much but at last. I have been forced to abandon the idea of any help from the violent proceeding--which wd [would] most likely, bring on the same constitutional troubles which followed the first operation. Putting [?] all together 

[page 3] I have found that I must wait Gods [sic] will. Trying every alternative [?] I can find to my ever encroaching Malady. This struggle which has been going on in my mind. has prevented me from writing to you. but you will forgive me I know. All this trial [?] & struggle has made it seem so long since I saw you or heard of you. What are you doing. I see Jamies [sic] work in the Magazine. How come on the 'Holly Trees'--everybody is so enchanted with the idea. & I find you so much praised for it - it was such a nice thing to do. How I enjoyed your little little visit to me. & how I hope - if I am spared to be in Newport this summer. That [inserted] +++ you will +++ it. for I must be there if any where.

[page 4] Emma Stebbins was so sorry to miss seeing you at Newport. she sends kindest love & hopes to see you this summer. If you see dear Loni [?] Hunt & William embrace them both for me. I love them very much & think of them very much. I ought to write to her. & will do so when I get an inspiration. I hope you recd [received] Dollies [sic] poems quite safely. let me know if you did – send me anything you want me to read, +++ dears. & you shall have them back. I see a notice of +++ in to Thorough +++ - it must have been fine. God bless you both.
ever believe me your faithful 
Charlotte Cushman 


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Fields, Annie, 1834-1915
Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881


Villa Boscobel, Tremont, NY, US

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Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876, “Letter from Charlotte Cushman to the Fields family, Mar 30, 1871,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed August 10, 2022, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/163.

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