Letter from Emma Stebbins to Anne Whitney, June 19, 1878

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Letter from Emma Stebbins to Anne Whitney, June 19, 1878


Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882
Whitney, Anne, 1821-1915
Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882




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My dear Anne Whitney,
I am very pleased that you wrote to me about the Book, and glad that you like it. There are few whose approbation I could more covet, because I believe you would never say pleasant things purely to compliment me - that at +++ you could in conscience say approvingly, I might depend upon both in +++ and judgment. +++ that you have promised to say ++++ to me +++, when you have had time +++ into it +++ +++. I recognize the justice of your dis +++, in your remarks about Biographies in general - but dear friend I am sure you recognize in this direction as well as every other, that there is a divinity which shapes our ends [?] and that ++++ writer can even say 'so I will do, or so' - and the +++ to the end that dedication - This seems to me more the modus operandi of mechanics - than of creative art in [p. 2] whatever direction. If we have anything of the divine gift – whatever we do must be more or less a creation which as often surprises ourselves as others. +++ +++ than me - if the kind appreciative letters I am now daily receiving[?] the same thought occurs - " I do not believe you know what a beautiful book you have made" . which is very true - if it is [underlined] beautiful - , so we "build better than we know" and so our work must be something out of an +++ which we cannot +++ and determine +++++ – I remember in Rome the discussions we used to have on this topic [?] - and how the idea of building better than we know - was laughed at +++ by Mr Gibson, Miss Hosmer and that ilk. I should like much to discuss all these questions with you - but I cannot see when it may become possible all business with publishers, except that one visit I made +++ I saw [p- 3] you - seems to be +++ ++++ by mail and there is not present likelihood of my getting to Boston . we are much bound [?] to getting just +++, and tied as I always am by feelings & circumstances, I am contemplating the necessity of going to Lenox - for a month or two - to +++ my little hours by living in it - and to make a home for my ++++. his holidays +++ I do so +++ regret - but I had to leave my sisters - and my uncertain health makes me badly wanting in energy & purpose. - Perhaps this time may come if not here, then hereafters, when we may compare notes of our experiences and our thinkings - meantime many thanks for the kind wish in your +++ & do write to me sometimes. […]


Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882


Whitney, Anne, 1821-1915


Hyde Park, New York

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Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882, “Letter from Emma Stebbins to Anne Whitney, June 19, 1878,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed June 2, 2023, https://archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/231.

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