Transcript of Letter from Emma Stebbins to Sidney Lanier, April 11, no year [1876?]
Stebbins discusses how her brother could be of service to Lanier in terms of relations to the press. Stebbins intends to consult Emma and Ned Cushman about the memoir but asks Lanier to refrain from sending Ned a letter. She prefers to talk to them in person. Due to this discussion of consulting the Cushmans, this letter could be the one she refers to in July 1876 when she accuses Lanier of causing a quarrel among the involved parties.
Transcripts by Jennie Lorenz
CreditLibrary of Congress, Charlotte Cushman Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Letter Item Type Metadata
My dear Lanier
I was about writing to you when your letter came - I wanted to tell you of a conversation I had with my Brother [Henry Stebbins], in reference to your suggestion of a wish for a newspaper correspendence. He told me he could give you letters of introduction to all or any of the chief newspaper men here although his interest with them is not greater than acquaintance would warrant – when I mentioned that Bagard[?] Taylor was a kind friend of yours – he said he could be of more ervice to you in such a direction than almost anyone – You will let me know if you care to have these introductions My own idea is, that a series of magazine articles illustrated – would be more in your style, than letters to the daily press, such a project as that of the Wagner festival, suggested to Harper - might so worth-while. You see I can only make suggestions, I have no personal power of any kind unless I may except that of unlimited sympathy - upon which you may draw to any extent. Now in reference to the contents of your letter – They are like yourself, and satisfy me. how well my instinct has led me in choosing you for my coadjutor - I need not assure you again & am sure – that you are perfectly understood by me and that you need suffer no pain in being perfectly frank with me. I do not doubt that you will find Mr Cushman in all ways a reasurable and kind man to deal with – as well as a just one - I have great confidence in him. He is coming East now so soon – that I think it will be better not to write, to him in the subject – ten minutes conversation is worth dozens of letters – Mrs. Cushman will be in the city
[page 2] on Thursday and I shall talk with her about it, whatever she wishes – he will do– and I know she is chiefly interested in the memoir You may depend on my letting you know the very moment I can what our conclusion is – Do not fail to keep me posted as to your movements. I am glad indeed if I have been of any comfort to you – and shall hope to be still more so, in the future always your faithfully,