Letter from Emma Stebbins to Emma Crow Cushman, Nov 23, 1874

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Letter from Emma Stebbins to Emma Crow Cushman, Nov 23, 1874


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882
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Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920


Stebbins writes that the newspapers have been writing "exaggerated reports" about Cushman, which have been causing her great anxiety. An unfavorable paragraph about Cushman will appear in the Cincinnati Enquirer the following morning, which they have been able to trace to Mrs. Kellogg. Stebbins has written a counter-statement that should appear alongside the paragraph in the St. Louis papers.
Cushman and Stebbins have found a new homeopathic Doctor, who assures that Cushman's state of health is not too serious at the moment.


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


Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882


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[3753] My Dear Emma.
I wrote you yesterday and hope you have by this time received the letter. which Miss Cushman thinks will be a sufficient answer to Ned's Telegram. I see by it. that the wretched newspapers have been at +++ as usual and sent exaggerated reports all over the country. calculated to cause most unnessessary [sic] grim & anxiety. but I think you know too well already the nature of these attacks of hers. to be misled [?] by the papers-. - I do not think the attack is so bad as the one she had in Balti [Baltimore?]. when you were with her. and this morning I believe she is going to get over it more quickly. We have found a good Homeopathic Dr here, who says this morning she is doing well

[3753 reverse] a paragraph appears today in the Cincinnati Enquirer, calculated to cause much pain & anxiety to all Miss C-'s friends. and I have just written a counter statement which will appear tomorrow morning
in this I am authorised by the Doctor who has just been here to state. that her case is not serious and that she is doing well. we have pretty well traced the offensive paragraph to Mrs Kellogg, who has been very attentive. but could not forbear talking as she says "confidentially". I thought we could not touch pitch without being defiled! Miss C. is very much annoyed. but it is the price of eminence in this country where the highest places. seem to be nearly akin to pillories. I hope very much that good will come out of this—in pre-

[3754] -venting this Western journey. of which I have never approved, it seems to me absolute madness for her to travel in winter and especially to undertake such long journies. she sends much love to you and all. the weather is bad here. as I write there is a flurry of snow falling.
yours affectionately

your aunty says "tell Emma I am satisfied that I cannot undertake the journey to Cala." This I think will be good news to you as it is to me. She has not yet formed any plans. as to her further movements when she is able to leave here. but we shall

[3754 reverse] probably get back to the East by +++ journies. as soon as possible-. She writes Ned. if the paragraph for the Cina Enquirer is published in the St Louis papers. to see that my counter act [?] is also inserted. the answer will appear tomorrow mg [morning], in the Enquirer.
you may be sure if anything goes worse with her. I will send you the Telegram. There is at present no need for anxiety.


Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882


Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920


Cincinnati, OH, US

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Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882, “Letter from Emma Stebbins to Emma Crow Cushman, Nov 23, 1874,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed April 22, 2024, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/882.

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