Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Helen Hunt, April 14, 1871

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Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Helen Hunt, April 14, 1871


Jackson, Helen Hunt
Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920
Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920


Emma Crow Cushman owns a house in Newport at this point in time. She is with Charlotte Cushman who is still consulting more doctors on her state of health.
Emma Stebbins and Cushman remain in different locations, Stebbins is still spending her time in the Villa Boscobel.

Transcripts courtesy of Nancy Knipe, Colorado College.


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876





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Carina mia,
Last Sunday night I had another of my inspirations to get to see my old Boston [underlined] medical friend, & not being able to resist the third “visitation” of the idea, I made Emma Cushman start with me on Monday morning to come here, & now I have been ever since at her sisters. I have had one or two talks with my old friend out of which I have got some curious kind of mystic comfort, or rather I am helped to a little better patience to bear what is inevitable. I don’t know that I shall stay here beyond Tuesday next 18”, & after that, I think Emma Cushman will go down to Newport to look after her house there & I shall go to Phila & New Jersey to see a strange curious kind of Indian Doctor, just to hear what he says! I have been much tortured during this last week by a bad attack of [Erysepelar?] in my leg, which has shifted from there under proper medicines, but has precipitated itself just in the well part of this poor torn lacerated wounded sick breast, & I am a martyr to pain. However, I can’t help it & must bear it as I best can. I am told [underlined] to eat drink & be merry not to think [last two words underlined] or bother myself but to try to keep up my [underlined] strength in all ways against the inroads of this consuming [underlined] demon which is always on the look out for any unwatchfulness on my part. Lou Hunt has just been here, she tells me you were in town yesterday, oh why did I not heed my inward monitor last Tuesday which bad [sic] me write you one line. I know why I did not. I was too sick at heart to do anything & therefore obeyed the order put upon me not to write [underlined] to any body. Poor Emma Stebbins is still at Boscobel waiting for me to decide what I am going to do. Shall you be coming up again.
Let me hear a line & know me Ever as I am,
Your faithfully loving


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885


Harvard St, Cambridge, MA, US

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person who transcribed the letter added for the addressee:
Care of [Lucien Carr, Esq?]

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Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876, “Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Helen Hunt, April 14, 1871,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed June 25, 2024, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/258.

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