Letter from Henry F. Chorley to Charlotte Cushman, Sept 5, 1847

Dublin Core


Letter from Henry F. Chorley to Charlotte Cushman, Sept 5, 1847


Social Events--Travels
Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Muspratt, Susan Cushman, 1822-1859


Chorley writes about the weather and traveling, he also mentions Maddox and Cushman's sister Susan.


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


Chorley, Henry Fothergill, 1808-1872


LoC, CCP 19:2923-2942





Letter Item Type Metadata


[2941] My dear friend You are among those of whom I have thought the most frequently since I have been away from England: & I write a line (not knowing precisely where it will reach you) in place of paying a friendly call of enquiry sincerely do I hope it may find you better: though if your autumn be in the least like ours it will not be because of the good weather: — Here three parts of the days have been painfully sharp rainy & winterly: — alternated with extreme heat & I begin to think restfully[?] of warm firs & closed shutters — though five weeks distant, at least, there -+++. - I have been more enchanted, however, than I expected with Switzerland. & When one has heard +++ of any sight as of any person. & I picture +++ is apt to say. after all the thing is not "worth so very much"! & this poor country has perhaps beyond all other poor countries been  over as a prey to travelling men, women &[?] children. — Thus

[2941 reverse] wretched. & the season much too late. I have had great, very great enjoyment. — although it is more than probable that I shall leave the country without a sight of Mont Blanc. To describe it impossible. There are only some few bits of Byron – here & then —which I know – among all that has been written: which. in the slightest measure approach the grandeur of the reality: Perhaps, if we are so happy as to have a cozy[?] London winter near each other – bits of scenery, & way-side adventures may come out in talk, such as shall even match our +++ of the the shops or the theatres, in one +++ to. be. forgotten — holiday of October last only. I must tell you. — finishing this at Tourtemagne. the foot of the Simplon that at +++, I fell into the +++ of Mr. +++.!!! (Who was wonderfully mystified to discover what manner of animal I was- & I must say, was very agreeable. — We had also three charming days with Mendelssohn at Suterlacken[?] & in short have not lacked entertainment, though not precisely with as many & now mountains for breakfast glaciers for dinner, & lakes for tea, as one would bespeak, when setting out for a Swiss ramble[?].

[2942] now, in the hope of our pleasant meeting in late October, (as I am booked for the 15th) let me provoke you & Mrs. M: Wind & Maddox permitting, to dine with me on gunpowder treason day. November the 5th —when my house usually opens its doors & cries "Chorley come home again"! – Need I say. how heartily I wish & hope that this may find you better — better for the cold "water privilege" which you have gone through. & for the not water ditto which I must undergo if "Duchess E:" at last, comes to a hearing. This is no better, your majesty of Sheba[?] will please to observe, — but merely a card[?] of enquiry from one, who always hopes to prove himself your sincere & faithful friend

Henry F. Chorley

Kindest regard to Mrs. Meriman – excuse the blots — but you know when one sits down to write at the port of an alpine pass: one it not praisely in Jerusalem


Chorley, Henry Fothergill, 1808-1872


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876

Social Bookmarking



Chorley, Henry Fothergill, 1808-1872, “Letter from Henry F. Chorley to Charlotte Cushman, Sept 5, 1847,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed September 28, 2023, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/509.

Output Formats