Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow, Apr 27, 1858

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Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow, Apr 27, 1858


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920
Relationships-- Intimate--Same-sex
Crow, Wayman, 1808-1885
Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882
Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue, 1830-1908
Intimacy--As topic
Manners / Etiquette
Social Events--Travels


Charlotte Cushman feels poorly, so "unlike" herself lately. She is busy rehearsing and refers to her past life as a "hotel life" in which she was a "wanderer." Emma's father, Wayman Crow, is doing business in Baltimore and known as an honorable business man. Cushman addresses Emma Crow as her "Little love" and "pet." She tells Emma that she is already married. To Cushman, marriage is an "awful question. & more awful responsibility."
While Cushman is in Baltimore, Emma Stebbins is living in Rome with Harriet Hosmer who is staying out until very late, as she "is an immense favourite in society."


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


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


LoC, CCP 1:62-63





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[62] Our little word my sweet darling. just to tell you that I am "safely stowed" once more. After fatigues enough, to "weigh a royal merchant down!" in truth I do not know, yet, whether I am using my own head or a wooden one, borrowed "for the +++". I feel so poorly. so done up. so unlike myself. But I cannot let another day go by — without thanking you for your sweet letters end on the 17" & 23d  +++ I will answer in full as soon as I get a little settled & fire from labour. all this week I shall be very busy with rehearsals. & I am now visiting a friend who has two grown up daughters. +++ fell so much in love with Romeo last night — as to be very "tender" this morning Em[?] - & I fear my moments of leisure which are usually devoted to writing to my friends & those I love — will be vey very few & far between. so my "little love"

[62 written across the page] There is a nice book published by Harper. called "Dori[?]". Will you read it? Have you read Prescotts works. or DeLainey. or +++ or Sidney 

[62 reverse] will forgive me if she does not get quite so many of my notes. as She did when I was a lovely wanderer in the west & South. I will give you notice of my mouments [sic] my pet. but may not be able to write you long notes — until I am once more in a Hotel life. Here, it is almost an impossibility to get a moment from my hostess  & her children. who all the former[?] [last two words inserted] loved me in years your by & the rising +++ seem to +++ the example of their parents. Your father I think does business with my friend here. Mr Chase (Rice. Chase & Co.) we were speaking of the west, last night & I mentioned your fathers [sic] name. which he recognised, & made honourable mention of. Every body does this of your father, dear love mine. & you ought to be very proud & happy in these +++ days that your father is looked upon as "a man of men"! — will you dear. tell him for me. how much I thank him for his kind note. I very much approve of his endeavouring to get the +++

[63] monument for Hattie. if possible! It would be a very great thing for her & she would do it splendidly! I sincerly hope it may be effected. Dr Hosmer is quite right dear about Hatties [sic] dissipation[?]. My last letter from Miss Stebbins says Hattie is out at 3 parties of a night & not home until the small hours of the morning. This. to a person who has to rise at 7. to get to her work at which she stands for several hours. & then rides " hard, hard" for 2 1/2 hours in the afternoon is quite sufficent to give her pains in her head & cold feet[?]! She is an immense favourite in society & cannot forego the charm  & excitement which it contains. next year I hope to keep her a little within bounds. but no human being has any controul [sic] over her! I wish your father could have come abroad this winter. I think he has more positive influence with her than any one else! oh. I have so many things to say to you so many things to answer & no time to say them in. at present. content yourself my pretty one. with knowing that I love you! For marriage. That awful question. & more

[63 reverse] awful responsibility. I must wait until[?] my head is clearer[?] & my hands more +++ before I can write upon it. Do you not know that I am already married. & wear the badge upon the 3d finger of my left hand? I do hope you may get to come East with Mrs Sedgwick. I will contine to see you some how [sic] if you do come. I am glad you did not go to the country with your sister!! I hope you have recd & like your books. They +++ you much love. Darling will you please take or send the enclosed note to Fitzgebb+++ I wish very much you would purchase +++ them. for $1. (which they charged me) an impression of my photograph. untouched & love that instead of the +++ one you have. which is not your true loving mistress. They promised to send me some of them. but have failed to keep their +++ else I should have sent you one. You +++ see +++ the untidyness of my note. in what haste I am writing. but you will forgive & love me. I am here for a fortnight &  of the 10" of may. in Richmond. +++ +++ +++ you my darling. I love you. & am ever fondly Your loving "Mistress".


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920


187 Sh Park Street, Baltimore, MD, US

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Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876, “Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow, Apr 27, 1858,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed July 15, 2024, https://archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/370.

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