Transcript of Letter from Emma Stebbins to Sidney Lanier, June 27, [1876]

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Transcript of Letter from Emma Stebbins to Sidney Lanier, June 27, [1876]


Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882
Lanier, Sidney, 1842-1881
Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Cushman, Edwin "Ned" Charles, 1838-1909
Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920
Social Events--Travels
United States--Boston
Relationships-- Intimate--Same-sex
Intimacy--As topic


Stebbins admits that she the book project of Cushman's biography affected her health. She describes it as "labour of love" which is physically exhausting.
Transcripts by Jennie Lorenz


Library of Congress, Charlotte Cushman Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882


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[page 1] My Dear Friend 
I am very glad to get a word from you – the silence all +++ the epistolary compass on the subject of our book - was growing awful, and you will think me pusillanimous [Lorenz unsure here] when I say - I was rather relieved by it – for I have been so utterly miserable that the very thought of responsibility of any kind, has been too much for me – a few spasmodic efforts I made to look over some of the letters resulted in sleepless nights — and such confusion of head, & pain of heart, that I have been obliged to give it all up until I can feel bettr [sic] – I have been really in an utterly unfit state for any work, and although I hope I am getting slowly bettr [sic] now — I am still compelled[?] to be very cautious +++ indulge myself in any too close application. The trouble is  nervous exhaustion which affects the stomach/and the digestion badly - and through that the head.  For your sake dear I grieve that this should be so — I do long so earnestly to be equal to my responsibilities, and  above all to this labour of love which I only can suitably inaugurate – my constant prayer is that strength may be given me long enough for this work, and to  see my boys [Lorenz unsure here] fairly on their way to be made into  capable worthy men– and then I am more than ready to go.  As for Osgood I think he has behaved not only unaccountably but shabbily – there was no understanding that I  should let him know when I got to Lenox – he knew all  my dates & movements perfectly well — that was only  an excuse – besides — he has to let me hear from  him before I left N.Y./ in a day or two he said, I am  afraid they are playig fast & loose for some reason  or othr – but why if they do not wish to take the venture 

they cannot say no like men – I am at a loss to con.  recture. I shall be sorry to have you take the expense of  going to Boston, when correspondence is so easy - it is  only saying yes or no – but you must be the best judge.  Ned has broken our agreemeet in sending Mr. Carr  to Osgood – it was to be kept for the present strictly  between ourselves and I especially did not want  any intermeddling of outsiders – but Ned is very  rash and impetuous and we never can hold the  thread of anything wherein he is concerned. I suppose  I ought to have written again to Osgood myself — but  I have/ been so unwell, at and it really depended  so entirely on him to make his decision & inform  us that I wanted – If he will not take it - I shall  be inclined not to push the mattr any further for  the present — I am so unable to write & our materials  are so slow in coming forward – no furthr word from  England – Mr. Cushman was ill at last accounts Mrs. C. is totally unfit to go over her letters  Will you present me kindly to your [wife,] I hope  hr trip north may restore her – Let me hear from  you oftens.[?, sic]
Yours ever faithfully  ES. 
I am expectig the [Bago] about the 12 of July  [Envelope]  
Sidney Lanier Esq. 
care of R. M. +++ Clellan Esg. 
West Chestr,  (Penn.) 


Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882


Lanier, Sidney, 1842-1881


Lenox, MA, US

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"1876" added by archivists as indicated by Lorenz; Lorenz repeatedly annotated her own notes

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Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882, “Transcript of Letter from Emma Stebbins to Sidney Lanier, June 27, [1876],” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed September 28, 2023,

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