Transcript of Letter from Emma Stebbins to Sidney Lanier, June 1, 1877

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Transcript of Letter from Emma Stebbins to Sidney Lanier, June 1, 1877


Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882
Lanier, Sidney, 1842-1881
Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920
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Emma Stebbins writes about Lanier's and her own health issues. Emma Crow came to take care of Emma Stebbins and talk about the material for the biography. They also invite Lanier to stay with them in Newport. An extension to the Villa Cushman is planned to host more guests.

Transcripts by Jennie Lorenz


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


Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882


LoC, JLP 2





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[page 1] My dear Lanier

Your lettr [sic] was most welcome and brings good news in the prospect of your restoration and that you are looking forward again to work and usefulness,–thanks be to Florida and the genial airs which have bridged you over and kept you yet awhile longer with us—we call ill afford to spare sweet spirits and sweet singers in these prosaic days. The wintr [sic] has been a hard and anxious one far us all, we have had a sick house for months, and these last ones— spring months! so called have been worst of all—and we have been much saddened and depressed with small prospect of escabe [sic] from the hard stony city & write to you now from Newport with the solemn sea sounding in my ears night & day—and the solemn thoughts in my mind–excited/ by every object and association about me! Change of air was thought necessary for me and Mrs. Cushman & came to town for me, and literally carried me off, rather against my will–for I never enjoy leaving duties & cares to othrs [sic]–+++, I was on my way to see aftr [sic] my little place at Lenox, and that was needful business, as I came–The visit has been of great good to me in one respect–I brought with me the notes & memoda as far as [inserted] I had gone–for the book—and have been reading them aloud to Emma and my good and bright friend Mrs Brinlay[?], and their approval and appreciation has given me a much needed stimulus–which I think my help me to some worthy conclusion–very slowly it must be, and all depending on the physical condition–but I have more hope about myself—and more materials/ have come in (you see how long

[page 2] I have had to wait for them) and the prospect is a little bettr [sic] for something being done. We are fixed I think to go to Hyde Park for the summr [sic]–unless Mr. Garland's physician orders him elsewhere, and as soon as I can get settled there, I shall hope to go on swimmingly Mrs Cushman begs me to send her kind remembrances to you, and to say she wishes very much you and Mrs Lanier could come on here and make hr [sic] a visit during the summer it would give her great pleasure–I don't of course know the possibilities with you, but I too should be pleased if you could accept the invitation– these delicious sea breezes and this beautiful place may contain just the tonic that you need, and I am desirous you should know bettr [sic], and be in sympathy with those whom she loved best in the world—as I am anxious for her dear sake to draw around their influences which will be good to them, and so gratify her loving spirit. Mrs Cushman says/ if at any time you can see you way clear to come—If you will let her know she will arrange with you which time etc. She has kindly invited my boys also to pay hr [sic] a visit during their holidays, a large addition to the Villa is now in progress which will enable her to extend these hospitalities. Hoping this may find you still improving—with warm greetings to Mrs Lanier

I am ever yours faithfully


My address for the summr [sic] is, not yet definitily fixed but lettrs [sic] sent to my Brother, H.S. Stebbins 50 Exchange Place N.Y.—Will reach me—


Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882


Lanier, Sidney, 1842-1881


Newport, RI, US

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Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882, “Transcript of Letter from Emma Stebbins to Sidney Lanier, June 1, 1877,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed July 18, 2024,

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