Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Helen Hunt Jackson, Dec 19, 1870

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Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Helen Hunt Jackson, Dec 19, 1870


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882
Social Events--Travels
Jackson, Helen Hunt
Relationships-- Intimate--Same-sex
Mercer, Sallie


Charlotte Cushman is worried about Hunt who has not sent any letter lately. She asks Helen for help and advice in searching for a room to stay and her negotiations with "Riggs."

Transcripts courtesy of Nancy Knipe, Colorado College.


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876






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are you ill? Are you vexed? Are you disappointed in me & my doings? Or what is the matter that I have had no word from you in answer to my very hurried pencil note written on the 10", just as I was leaving New York, to say to you how glad I should be if you would arrange with the "Riggs" that I should have his room for six weeks or two months, as the case might be, at $65 per week including everything for Miss Stebbins Sallie & self. By hearing nothing from you I have been afraid that my letter may have gone astray, or you have turned another somersault & my letter missed you. Will you give me some sign, like a dear, & let me know what is the matter.

If it is all right that I go to the Riggs, did you understand for how much I could have another room with fire, a sunny bedroom, with board at my table, for one person, or can this be ascertained without giving you as great a wilderness of trouble, as I have already given you before. I am so anxious, dear, to see the little book, & I cannot get a copy of the 'note of Welcome' for love or money.

Where are you? Where are you?

Respondi di prego carissima mia." What a long translation is that sonnet of Petrarch by the gallant Col. I read it last night with intense pleasure.

My hand is better thank you but I am a good for naught & am trembling to pieces, though I look well.

Emma Cushman has had a letter from Dr. Sully. Mr. Dabney has had two hemorrhages & is very poorly. Mr. Elliot is at Hampstead with the [Neils?], not quite well. Miss Coates & Miss James very well!

I am sending this out on such an uncertainty that I cannot write more, only begging you to believe that I am anxious to know why you are so silent. & that I am ever, with kindest love from both of us, your ever faithfully attached


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885


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Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876, “Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Helen Hunt Jackson, Dec 19, 1870,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed July 18, 2024, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/448.

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