Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Annie Fields, July 31, 1871

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Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Annie Fields, July 31, 1871


Fields, Annie, 1834-1915
Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Social Events--Travels
Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920
Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882


Cushman informs Annie about her travel itinerary. She hopes that James and Annie will meet her in Swampscott and join her on an excursion to the Isles of Shoals. Cushman is looking for a piece of land to build a house on.


Huntington Library, James Thomas Fields Papers and Addenda


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Huntington, JTFP, Box 12, FI 702





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[page 1] Dear Annie
You will have begun to think of me. as one "clean gone". That I have not sooner acknowledged
your kind missive of the 16" wh [?, what] "came to hand in +++" as the merchants say--bringing a whiff of Manchester air. clear & healthy being [?]. It has laid open upon my writing book. which always means "to be first answered"--but I have been unusually occupied in the way of correspondence ever since I came here & one has +++ mother out. The more immediate. always, being answered first.

[page 2] & now with a double +++ determination. I sit down to scratch you just a line to say I am keeping alright, not going back. am eating & growing too fat. which seems to contradict the "malignancy" of the trouble which Mr Paget feared +++. I am all well enough when the weather is cool. but when it is warm. how then I suffer--in many ways. But God has been very merciful to me for I have never felt such a +++ in my life. so cool & nice. just now it has come--hot & muggy & I am under its influence. but towards the middle of the month we are going to Swampscott to dear Mrs Child & then we shall stand a chance of seeing you & Jamie. how is he getting on. doing a deal of walking I hope--or he will get too stout [?] to lecture--what do you think of that

[page 3] for impudence? How I shall like to hear him lecture. I left Hyde Park & my other half on the 7" of this month. came here on the 10. last week I went for three days to Providence. on the 8" I hope Emma S. will join me here. & on the 16 we hope to go to Swampscott. I want very much to make an excursion to the Isle of Shoals while we are there. Have you ever been - & would you go with us just for an "out". how nice it would be. Emma Cushman & her babies [?] are pretty well. The little ones bathe & look like pink sea shells. We are very comfortably settled here. & wish very much you could be tempted to run down & look at us here either before we go to Swampscott or after. I am busy getting a piece of land & Richard Hunt is building [?]

[page 4] me a house. which I hope will be done for next summer--& then you will come & visit me-- wont [sic] you. I thank you dear about the intelligence[?] from Mrs Orville Dewing[?]. I have been going on so safely & so well with Dr Howes [sic] advice that I have not been tempted by anything but this +++. which I am very anxious yours should be converted to - but what [?] he +++ to believe in. However I do not despair of his being convinced in him. Newport is crammed & I am tired & want to get to +++ of more +++--tell me one thing. Do the lines in the "Adonais" of Shelly. beginning at Stanza 31."midst others of less note!" & which go on for 4 Stanzas, refer to Byron? or who. Please tell me. +++ a dear--with love to both. believe me ever & always affectionately 
Charlotte C. 


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Fields, Annie, 1834-1915


Villa Cushman, Newport, RI, US

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Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876, “Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Annie Fields, July 31, 1871,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed February 21, 2024, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/165.

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