Letter from Charlotte Cushman to William Wetmore Story, May 31, 1858

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Letter from Charlotte Cushman to William Wetmore Story, May 31, 1858


Artists--Sculptors--US American
Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Stebbins, Emma, 1815-1882
Actors and Actresses--US American


Charlotte Cushman orders a copy of one of Story's statuettes and asks about one of his poems for her to read. She also informs him about taking a break from stage and reading performances ("I want a long rest from public life") and her moving to Rome in November, after traveling to London soon.


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


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


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[page 1] Dear Mr Story.
Your kind letter should have been answered long ago. & would have been but for a pressure of business. which since I came to the Seaboard at the end of April. has rendered it an absolute impossibility for me to write. If you could have witnessed my occupations you would forgive me without the asking As it is I must beg you to excuse me upon faith! I know your statuette was +++ & thought I wrote "But +++! — Thank you very much for your information about it. I shall be very glad to possess a copy in Bronze  & will beg you to have one made for me aginst my coming to Rome in Nov. next

[page 2] I need not say how delighted I should be to see & read your poem. & wish you might be tempted to send me a copy to England this summer. Even though I am [illegible crossed out] giving up my work for a season. I shall not act or read in public for some time to come — having laboured very seriously this winter I want a long rest from public life & purpose taking it, at least a good portion of it in Italy. where I hope for many opportunities of writing[?] & knowing you. If you have an opportunity & like to send me a copy of your poem. to [illegible crossed ou] the end of my

[page 3] studying it – perhaps reading it in Rome first & after elsewhere. I shall receive it safely — if sent to my London house — 1. Bolton Row May Fair. If on the contrary. after what I have told you of my purposes — you prefer to wait until you can see & talk with me. I shall +++ be in Rome in Nov — will you thank Mrs Story for all her kind offers of help to Miss Stebbins — in[?] our housekeeping dreads & believe me ever. very sincerely yours Charlotte Cushman


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Story, William Wetmore, 1819-1895


Boston, MA, US

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Palazzo Barberini, 13 Via delle Quattro Fontane, Rome, Italy

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Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876, “Letter from Charlotte Cushman to William Wetmore Story, May 31, 1858,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed September 29, 2023, https://archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/944.

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