Letter from Henry F. Chorley to Charlotte Cushman, Oct 9, [1847?]

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Letter from Henry F. Chorley to Charlotte Cushman, Oct 9, [1847?]


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Actors and Actresses--US American
Social Events--Misc.


Chorley invites Cushman for dinner to talk to her (or work with her on) his play "Duchess Eleanor."

No year given but Letter from Henry F. Chorley to Charlotte Cushman, Oct 10, 1847 is also sent from the same Hotel, which may indicate that Chorley writes this letter in 1847.


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


Chorley, Henry Fothergill, 1808-1872


LoC, CCP 19:2937-2938





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[2937] Dear Miss Cushman. I write to you immediately on hearing from the neighbourina[?]: to say that I hope & trust you will dine with me on Sunday week: – With Mrs. M: if she shall so please. – As it will be merely a business dinner, & myself will arrive late at once on the evening Saturday the +++th – there can be no truffles — alas. — nor sarcophagus[?] puddings – only bones to pick: & greetings to interchange —  measures to be taken that the Dutchess be neither smaller nor taller. than the pleasant public shall please! – Do you mind dining at five? — & the neighbours shall come in to tea, whe we have +++ ourselves +++. — My first impulse was to pack up soul & body immediately

[2937 reverse] On receiving yrs – Then it occurred to me that all the week you will be busy at rehearsal & that very probably the day I mention may be the one earliest you could really devote to our affair: & I have business here, to me full of interest. & importance. which may lead to matters you may not be disinclined to take part in. — so that I am acting, I hope, for the best. against my impatience in thus bidding you to a conference eight days hence. Pray let me find a little note on my table, to say it will do. — You know I work very quickly — so let us but once decide on the needful alterations; & they will be accomplished directly – I dare say you will

[2938] find that I have anticipated some already. Which of you will be made the most tender by the tidings of the "Père" of +++ never. to. be. forgotten dinner at the café[?] Cardinal [last four words inserted]. — Only fancy my running against him – in no café, Mrs. M. – but in La Scala. at Milan He asked affectionately. for "those very pleasing women". – Did you ever think you should live to be called such a tame[?] thing? I hope of to find you quite well: — My red beard desires its duty. & is so too. – Mean -while, believe me to be rather hastily, very crazily. but thoroughly sincerely yrs

Henry F Chorley.

Kindest regards to Mme M.



Chorley, Henry Fothergill, 1808-1872


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Hotel Canterbury, 24. Rue de la Paix, 10e Arrondissement, Paris, Ile-de-France, France

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1 Baker Street, Portman Square, Westminster, London, England

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Chorley, Henry Fothergill, 1808-1872, “Letter from Henry F. Chorley to Charlotte Cushman, Oct 9, [1847?],” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed May 28, 2024, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/508.

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