Letter from Matilda Hays to Sallie Mercer, July 13, 1853
The paper also includes several poems, one signed by Ellen Hooper, another titled "A Dream" by Hays, and a note by her with an unpublished poem. Another letter, again signed by Ellen Hooper, although incomplete, can be found within this paper as well.
CreditLibrary of Congress, Charlotte Cushman Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
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Mr. Ian Rogers will see you at ./2 past 9 Saturday morning—the +++ will take you in in good time. I let you know that you may mske your arrangements accordingly. Take care you do not get first[?] cold & believe me
your affectionate friend
Matilda M. Hays
 Miss Sallie Mercer care of J. +++ +++
[3374 reverse] Tomorrow—and the tide has ebbed away
+++ through a dull and waiting soil–
How many days must labour patiently
Sir a full harvest shall reward the toil.—
If but this tedious battle could be fought
Like spartas heroes, at one rocky pass—
One day be spent in dying, men had sought +++.
The spot & been cut down like mower's grass, d:
If in the heart of nature we might strive, :_
Challenge to single combat the great power,
Welcome the conflict—but no! half alive
We skirmish with one foe, long hour by hour—
Why, what a country this must be, thus gamed
How rich in treasure, if such be the cost!—
Pleasure & pain, arts, peace, a whole world stained
With the death struggle and as nothing lost.
These last three verses are fine +++ they—dear people! & now I am going to copy for you are unknown of H.H.o which you must not tell about +++ her leave 3 are not