Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Olive Risley, Sep 12, 1868

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Title

Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Olive Risley, Sep 12, 1868

Subject

Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Finances
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United States--Washington, DC
Crow, Wayman, 1808-1885

Description

Cushman hoped to be able to invest in the Seneca Stone Quarry but Wayman Crow who is managing her finances disagreed and declined her wish. She comments, " as a woman, I am somewhat at the mercy of a man, who is supposed, & I hope with justice, — to know better than myself what is for my good."
Cushman apologizes for causing any inconveniences to Olive and her father Hanson Risley. The actress might meet them in Washington later this year.

Credit

Hanson A. Risley Papers, 1774-1908, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Creator

Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876

Source

Hanson A. Risley Papers, 1774-1908, Box 7-D, Rubenstein, Duke University

Date

1868-09-12

Type

Reference

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[page 1] Dear Miss Risley
I owe you many apologies for my delay in replying to your kind long business-like letter. which +++ a more speedy response. But I have waited, hoping I might be able to accomplish something with my man of business, and adviser-generally — in the matter of "Seneca Stone Quarry". and wd not write, until I could say

[page 2] something decisive — I was over anxious to be associated in some way — in some matter — in which one mutually beloved friend was interested. but I have been unsuccessful with my good friend Mr Crow — who prefers to put my savings — into mortgages at St Louis — where he lives & he says, can better look after them — & as a woman, I am somewhat at the mercy of a man, who is supposed, & I hope with justice, — to know

[page 3] better than myself what is for my good. I am ashamed to have given you & your good father all the trouble I have done in this matter. & hope you will forgive me that. as well as my delay in writing. I presume, you are by this time, at home. & therefore enclose this note to the care of our dear friend! I hope you & your sister have derived much benefit  from your sojourn by the sea. I have been here for a week & though not bathing. yet walking upon the sandy beach every

[page 4] day. has made me very well & very strong. Commend me to your father & your sister. & hoping to have the pleasure of meeting you, during November — when I hope to come to Washington
Believe me very truly yours
Charlotte Cushman

From

Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876

To

Seward, Olive Risley, 1844-1906

Location

Swampscott, MA, US

Geocode (Latitude)

42.4699241

Geocode (Longitude)

-70.9171507

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Citation

Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876, “Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Olive Risley, Sep 12, 1868,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed December 3, 2022, https://archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/908.

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