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Cushman's first professional appearance as Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, April 1835

On April 8, 1835, Cushman made her debut on the stage at the Tremont Theatre in Boston in the role of Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro. While Cushmam's performance seemingly betrayed her nerves, contemporary reviews praised her…

Letter from E. B. Fisher to Charlotte Cushman, Oct 7, 1836

CCP 11, 3310, CC to Fisher, Oct 7, 1836.pdf
Fisher asks Charlotte Cushman to refrain from contacting him again. He expresses a firmly rooted disappointment in and aversion to society ("a scandal loving world"). Fisher touches upon an issue of Cushman being involved ("intimacy") with the…

Poem by Cushman about Macready, The Anglo American, Jan 1844

The Anglo-American_Macready Poem by Cushman (1 Jan 1844).pdf
Cushman writes that poem in December 1843 and publishes it in January 1844.
There is no diary entry from when Charlotte Cushman published her poem about Macready. Between Dec 1843 and May 1844 Charlotte Cushman is not mentioned in Macreadys diary.

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Mary Cushman, April 17, 1845

CCP 1, 26-27, CC to mother 1845, April 17 (disapproval) - OV Omeka.pdf
The letter discusses an incident of "beastly conduct of a woman" who Charlotte once defended and called her "intimate friend." Charlotte fears being "implicated by any misrepresentation of hers." Charlotte hopes that her mother's "account was a…

Wemyss's Twenty-Six Years of the Life of an Actor and Manager (1847)

Wemyss (1847)_Twenty-six years of the life of an actor and manager - Omeka excerpt.pdf
Francis Courtney Wemyss is an actor and theater manager. The entry for Cushman envisions her as a business woman that cleverly paved her way to success by acquiring knowledge about the profession of an actress and the respective people involved in…

Letter from Grace Greenwood to John G. Whittier, Sept 9, 1849

NYPL Misc. GG to friend. Sept 9, 1849..pdf
Greenwood writes to Whittier about her Greenwood Leaves, first series as about to be published by Ticknor&Fields. She laments that she is only allowed to include stories and no letters. Ticknor and Fields, however, offered her to publish a second…

Greenwood Leaves, Second Series, 1852

Greenwood Leaves - Omeka.pdf
Greenwood publishes her letters in a second series of her Greenwood Leaves. Credit

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to the Fields Family, [c. Sep, 1860]

CC to AF and JF, 1860.pdf
Cushman asks James Fields to help Ned find a respectable business in Boston which would also make Emma Crow "a more satisfying companion."Credit Huntington Library, James Thomas Fields Papers and Addenda

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow, Sept 12, 1860

CCP Box 1 CC to ECC 1860, Sep 12.pdf
Cushman is anxious that Emma Crow may lose letters that Charlotte sent: "I don't like such dear letters addressed to me to be lost. or be sent to the Dead letter office. If any 'unscrupulous person or persons' should find it. my reputation might be…

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Annie Fields, Dec 25, 1860

CC to AF, 1860-12-25.pdf
Cushman described Emma Stebbins as her "much better half." She tells Annie about their stressful journey to NYC and about a favorable article about herself that she encountered. Credit Huntington Library, James Thomas Fields Papers and Addenda