Letter from Charlotte Cushman to the Fields family, July 22, 1872

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Letter from Charlotte Cushman to the Fields family, July 22, 1872


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920
Fields, Annie, 1834-1915
Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881


Charlotte is on a picnic with Emma Crow's boys and admires the villa and the garden. She talks about the books she has been reading and compliments James' book which she perceives "as genial as [himself]". Annie recommended a public reading which proved to be successful for Cushman. Cushman mentions the Newport "villa."


Huntington Library, James Thomas Fields Papers and Addenda


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Huntington, JTFP, Box 12, FI 705





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[page 1] Dears both. How does this look to you? Not pretentious I hope. for that I should hate. It is so much more than "a cottage" & almost "a chateau". & being on the Marina may be called without offence a "Villa". so putting all things together. my Italian +++ & associations &. etc. we have +++ to call it as above - and when we have recd our beds & bedsteads & sheets from England. by the "Lizzie Morrow" due any moment. we shall want you both to give a run down & look at us

[page 2] & our pretentions [sic]. Our own sea is so splendid & we have a field in front they have just been mowing & raking up & stacking. until we begin to think we shall never get away from here, either to work or to play. Liz your imitation sounds lovely! how can we make it compare [?]! We shall see! Your Shakespeare [?] has been taken the very best of care of & lies on the table by my side now. I took a great liberty with you in carrying it off with me. but the first reading endeared it to me & though I had my own John Stockdale 1807 sent out from England to me. I

[page 3] could not bear it beside the one which I had first used. I will return it to you the first opportunity. Your book is as genial as yourself & as lovely as Annie. Inside & out in perfect [?] harmony. & that is what strikes every one as your, mutual [?] characteristics. What can I say more to prove that I appreciate your book,--which I am delighted to own them your own preciousness [?]--& your disposition to bestow it upon me. Later, when I +++ fire of pots +++ kettles & et al [?] +++. I will tell you more about it. as I am I live upon the Earth [?]. & dont [sic] know from one moment to another what is to become

[page 4] of me before night. a thousand thanks about the something for me to read next season. "Show, show, show!" It would have rejoiced your sympathetic soul. to have seen 3000 people under the influence of the "Young Gray Head" as the heading [?] of music [?]. Phila. 24 of May. Hot as +++ & weeping much! You would have seen the reward of your search & in pointing it out to me as a reading. I note the slip about the academic concert[?] & will try to cooperate with you. 'more of this anow'. The col. walks not on the Earth for ever more. he sees charming [?] & eats the air. young & +++ attractive as ever to fortouities [sic] who dont [sic] know "whats [sic] the matter"– God bless you both. +++ I send love. Emma C. is with Gran Brishd [?] at Lenox. I have them boys here & we picnic

[page 1 added vertically] Ever aff [affectionately] yours, Charlotte


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


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


Villa Cushman, Newport, RI, US

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Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876, “Letter from Charlotte Cushman to the Fields family, July 22, 1872,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed February 21, 2024, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/170.

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