Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow Cushman, Aug 25, 1865

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Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow Cushman, Aug 25, 1865


Crow, Wayman, 1808-1885
Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Cushman, Edwin "Ned" Charles, 1838-1909
Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920
Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue, 1830-1908
Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882


Cushman had been feeling "dreadfully depressed" due to the sulfur water but her doctor put her on saline chalybeate, which has improved her health significantly. Ned is suffering a few physical ailments as well, which Cushman ascribes to his immoderate eating and drinking.
Cushman describes Harriet Hosmer as a "selfish, thoughtless, inconsiderate, little beast." She is very familiar with her selfishness and recounts how Hosmer did not deliver photographs to Emma Stebbins once in favor of her own comfort.
Cushman also discusses the acquiring of some mares and travel plans for Ned.


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


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


LoC, CCP 3: 807-808





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[807] yesterday, my own darling daughter. I had intended [?] & wished to write to you. but I had +++ myself absolutely to a lot of American letters. which having the opportunity of +++ by Miss Church on Saturday. +++ of +++. I felt it was my duty to write. so many which had been due very long. were paid up. I wrote six letters yesterday. & was very very tired when night came. I must just tell you darling that I was feeling so dreadfully depressed with my sulfur water. that I went to Dr +++ who found me very much down. & immediately put me upon the saline chalybeate in the morning. & Dr +++ will +++ on the upper +++. at noon & in afternoon. and although I have only taken it Few [?] days. I feel like another creature. stronger & better in every way. I have fancied a half a pound of flesh too in a week which shows that I am on the mend. so that will be a comfort to you at the beginning of my letter. Mother is better also. Sallie is much +++ & in fact all looks well in one part of the world. & if one week has done so much. what

[807 reverse] have we +++ it to reach from your work. I read your sweet letter of the 20". 21" & am very +++ to hear that Ned is ailing. some unforeseen [?] or other I am sure. He has no business with his lack of controul [sic] over his appetite. to change his +++ so completely from English to French without preparing himself. by taking some medicine. It is a right & proper thing to do at all time- & if he +++ it. he will escape these vicious [?] attacks. all the pain in chest & in in kidneys - are sympathetic & not organic pain - & each & all his ailments of throat as well. all come from his +++ which has too much to do from his eating & drinking beer. If he would +++ a little & live more moderately he would be all right. as far as those ailments are concerned. He has no trouble which is not brought on or aggravated by his own +++! Dear baby. how it pains me to hear of his suffering with his teeth. His "great gran" says it is very natural to have a little cough with teething. & you must not be frightened +++ any of these symptoms. nothing but bad +++ need to frighten you. I dare say he is very cunning looking. aunt Em. 

[808] calls him my "little boy blue". you ought to call him your "blue boy". in [illegible, crossed out] imitation [inserted] of Gainsborough celebrated [?] picture which he called the "Blue Boy" I am so very glad to hear that he is fatter. That is indeed good news. in the face of teething. what you say of Hatties selfishness dear one. is very true. she would not sacrifice one single moment of her own comfort or ease to pull [?] the best friend she had out of a moments uneasiness Even! She knew perfectly well that Miss Church was in Paris & was coming to England. That she (Hattie) had some photographs. which aunt Em wanted to send home by Miss Church. in the steamer of the 26" & yet instead of giving these photos to Ned or your father or anybody who would feel sufficient +++ in me to oblige aunt Em. she puts of going in to Paris. to +++ her own convenience & lets slip by the opportunity for aunt Em. she is a selfish. thoughtless, inconsiderate little beast — & that is the best that can be said of her I get so disgusted [?] with her. that I mentally kick her. when even I think of her selfish heartlessness

[808 reverse] I note what you say darling about Neds +++ to England to bring Wayman. & think any +++ment is better for him than stopping +++ when. at the same time it will afford him [?] an opportunity of embracing an offer which Ct [?] Lewis has just sent him. of some shooting about the 1st of Sep. I will send you a copy of the note. which Ned must answer him self immediately. whether he can come or not Ned can stay at his grand mothers while he is in London if he comes. I have seen a beautiful mare [?] for him. & am in +++ for it. worth 120 pounds. he will have to +++ have clothing. saddle bridle &. &. I will buy them as cheap as I possibly can here. where there is a famous [?] man for all such things. +++ says "the best in England". Hattie always makes a fuss about Mares. but I never +++ any awkwardness with them in Rome except the mares were running loose about the fields & naturally looking +++. +++ a mare at her work. as well as a woman minding her own business. seldom +++ that sort of attention. They had a fine mare [?] out last winter for the huntsman or so has [?]


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920


High Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK

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Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876, “Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow Cushman, Aug 25, 1865,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed June 15, 2024, https://archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/926.

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