Transcript of Letter from Emma Stebbins to Sidney Lanier, Aug 17, 1875

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Transcript of Letter from Emma Stebbins to Sidney Lanier, Aug 17, 1875


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Lanier, Sidney, 1842-1881
Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882
Social Events--Travels


Charlotte Cushman "had been in such constant suffering during the summer." Emma Stebbins repeatedly mentions Mr. Lippi as Cushman's doctor.

    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] Dear Mr. Lanier. We were very glad to hear from you this morning though sorry to know you are so bound to your wheel—that there is no immediate prospect of our seeing you.— It must be hard on you at this season—and in this weathr [sic], and I wish you were through with your task. Our dear friend is not able to write herself—and you must take–my poor acknowledgment of your letter, instead of hers! She has been very ill again–just as we were on the eve of starting for Lenox—where I had been/ and made all things comfortable for her. She was seized with one of hr [sic] feverish attacks—and has been now much frustrated for the last ten days.—She had been in such constant suffering during the summer–and so much lowered by pain, that this new attack has gone harder with her than usual, & she is slower in getting up from it. Good Dr. Lippi came in directly and tided hr [sic] over the worst, but he could not remain and we have been obliged to trust to the ministrations of a Physician here–undr [sic] Dr. Lippi's instructions.–We /are hoping now that Dr L. may be able to take a holiday with us, and come on again for a day or two. I have written to urge him to do so. We have been painfully anxious about hr [sic] as you may well believe and continue to be–hoping almost against hope— that she will again rise up, as she has so often done–to comfort and bliss us.–The weathr [sic] is fearfully against hr [sic]–Nothing can exceed the damp mugginess of this atmosphere–the earth is fairly sodden with rain & sea fog I left my sister in Lenox–keeping my little home for me–they are of course much disappointed. I do not quite despair of getting there sooner or later

    [page 2] though the prospect is not brilliant at present. Miss Cushman bids me give you her love–and say. (she wants anothr copy of 'Corn[?]' to send to Alfred Austin–one of the best and subtlestr [sic] critics of the English press—we knew him well in Rome when he was the correspendent of the Standard–he belongs to the conservative press—Could you let hr [sic] have a copy or put her in the way of getting one–all here send kindest remembrances–we heard fom the Peacocks this morning evening–they return home shortly. Yours ever faithfully,

    Miss Cushman bid bids me add that she does not despair of meeting you in Lenox in Sept. I cannot tell you how glady I add these little amendations of hers–which show that she the brave spirit is still straiver striving


    Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882


    Lanier, Sidney, 1842-1881


    Villa Cushman, Newport, RI, US

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    Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882, “Transcript of Letter from Emma Stebbins to Sidney Lanier, Aug 17, 1875,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed July 19, 2024,

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