Letter from Annie Adams Fields, Boston, to Anne Whitney, Dec 25, 1875

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Letter from Annie Adams Fields, Boston, to Anne Whitney, Dec 25, 1875

Description

Annie Fields writes to Anne Whitney, a friend of Emma Stebbins and fellow sculptor, about a visit to an exhibit with Emma Stebbins and about Charlotte Cushman's illness

Credit

Wellesley College Archives, Personal Papers

Creator

Fields, Annie, 1834-1915

Source

Wellesley College Archives, WCA_MSS-4_692, whitney_correspondence:691

Date

1875-12-25

Rights

This Correspondence is brought to you for free and open access by the Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4) at Wellesley College Digital Scholarship and Archive.

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[p 1, top right]
Dear friend,
I was delighted to get your bit of a note "about muffin time" the other morning, all the more because I did not serve it. I write no more letters though I assure you it snot that I do not wish it, but the larger part of my life just now is given to attempting to systematize the work away the +++ in Boston. We have a frightful population in our large cities the hod bed of nice and easy trouble, which need not exist if people who knew better would look after them a little: so with my littler hammer I am chipping away at this great sstone of human [?] indifference and it remains to be seen whether the great disposer will let me or the stone crumble first.
[p. 2]
At the same time I do not forget the Centennial & am glad Barkis is willin however late and you shall have as good a place as possible. We saw the model of Sumner among a crowd of Sumners done in clay, the longer number of which were so bad that the scenes was perfectly ludicrous. Yours was a light among them [.] Emma Stebbins without knowing yours, as yours, picked it out at once as the best. She has been talking of writing you and this is the reason I have delayed my note but she is so utterly absorbed by Miss Cushman. They are at the Parker House and C.C. is very ill. She is hopeful still, especially as a young physician Dr. Thornton has come upon the scene in whom she has great faith. But this frightful disease holds her in its clutches.
I should like to hear more of Miss Manning and/or master Monsieur Couture. I had no idea he still admitted pupils. I have always felt if I were an artist I should make a bee-line for that grand old fellow. Hunt still lives alone and Thaxter has been reading
[p. 1, top left]
the Agamemnon of Aeschylus as translated by Fitzgerald (our friend of Omar Khayyam) in his studio. It is truly magnificent and Mr. Thaxter reads it well.
J.T.F. [James T. Fields] joins me in every best wish to you both. I wish you were nearer, but our best possession are bought with a priace and this penalty of absence is rewarded to your by your wonderful opportunities of culture.
Goodbye. Do write me again at your earliset chance and believe me ever most faithfully and affectionally yours,
Annie Fields.

From

Fields, Annie, 1834-1915

Geocode (Latitude)

42.36047

Geocode (Longitude)

-71.07056

Annotations

added by archivist: [1875]
76 [received by AW]

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Fields, Annie, 1834-1915, “Letter from Annie Adams Fields, Boston, to Anne Whitney, Dec 25, 1875,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed August 10, 2022, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/229.

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