Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow Cushman, n.d.

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Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow Cushman, n.d.


Relationships-- Intimate--Same-sex
Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920


Charlotte Cushman discusses nightmares, health issues, and presents for Harriet Hosmer's house who has moved out of the Cushman household in Rome by that time. Cushman describes Emma's son as her and their baby, both are her "darlings, "they are the dearest things on earth to me."

Part of the letter is difficult to decipher due to multiple layers of writing. It is not dated but since Cushman mentions Alton Towers and Harrogate, it may be the letter sent before the one from Aug 17, 1865.


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


Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


LoC, CCP 3: 844-845



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[844] How is it that I have no word from my darling in all these long days. I am beginning to get very anxious & to wonder what has become of her & my blessed adored baby. I do not for a moment doubt that she has +++ but I am anxious to hear. & as I know she will be as anxious as I am — I just send off this word of love to let her know that I am in the land of the living. though not good for very much. The weather has been bad ever since we came. but yesterday afternoon it held up long enough for us to get a little drive over to an old quaint house called Marple

[844 reverse] Hull[?] where ++++ +++ the +++ who +++ & +++ +++ Charles the 1st— +++ +++ & +++ ago — such a strange old place soon & with +++ & the +++ full of old windows with quaintly cut little +++ of glass with a "price +++ the back enough to suggest +++ of all" kinds but beyond it the +++ +++ & land scape. We[?] left London on Monday at 245 had a nice journey down — but I was ++++ when we arrived — Margaret very glad to see us. My first night I had the most dreadful nightmare from which aunt Em waked me sobbing & crying & I was so impressed by my dream that I could not go to sleep again so felt his like no wretch get tied +++: but I am better to day though not good for much some how when I walk in the morning I am just as tired as when I go to bed & feel as though I had been holding myself up in & into bed by my shoulder blade

[845] which when I wake ache accordingly I am suffering a good deal too with my back +++ down at the town past. a weight & an ache. which makes me groan almost I am induced to remain here over the Monday— so as to go to allow Towers. which aunt Em has never seen & may never  have so good a chance again. It is not a fatiguing exursion [sic]+++ & then I shall not get to Harrogate until Tuesday. If you rememeber when you posted a letter to me. & know that it is now Friday +++ & I have not recd it you will see how long ir takes for a letter to reach me but you can direct to the Prospect Hotel Har-rogate & I shall get it +++ than by Sunday to uncle Charles who by the bye gave me the Envelope & money. & note towich you left for me. I was fearful you would be in a little fuss getting off & might be late on Monday night — as l was half +++ in going out of town

[845 reverse] though my heart yearned for my darlings[?] both. I could not bear to have them. they are the dearest things on earth to me. & without them life would be very dreary to me. This baby here only shows me how truly beautiful mine — ours. is. I kiss him & love him dearly. If you have +++ +++ to have a doctor for him remember that Dr. Franco — is at 8. or 6. Rue de Luxembourg & the best homoeopathist in Paris. I hope though I doubt — that Ned saw the doctor before he left London I +++ he will attend a little better to himself in Paris. Dont [sic] let him fail to write & make an appointment with Dr Sims. to see the other French physician I want something done to the eye. Give my dear love to Hattie & ask her if she could[?] give me any idea what Edoardo makes[?] about the stable & +++. Best love to your mother Father Sister Miss Minster+++ Isabelle & Wayman. to Ned & a thousand kisses to my darling baby. who I hope will get a little quieter[?] before I see him again

[844 vertical] & will let me hold him quietly. oh this is such a plain baby! Do you think you could go to the quarter where the China is made. Rue de Palissy (I think  & get me a breakfast set of white & gold China. like your breakfast set. with HH put on —for my present to Hatty's house —keeping—I mean black & gold handles &c &c a set of

[844 reverse vertical] 12 coffee cups & saucers — not mavy-+++ plates & the four little dishes. & two bread & butter plates. Have them ready against I come. & I want a set of 12 tea cups & saucers all different patterns & colours — but the not expensive ones but pretty — I just as +++ have them plain colours with no +++ — Yo will find at some of the shops — my cheap things for flowers & chimney ornaments +++ +++ who lives at No. 1 Rue Scribe took me once to a place there she would be a very nice person to show you plans & things as she dresses so splendidly & she is a nice kind +++ & +++ do anything for any our coming from me — Suppose you write 

[845 vertical] & tell her I told you to ask ger the name of the shop & the address when she took me for such things — & perhaps she will go with you. She has little to do — Darling get yourself nicely filled up in dresses — so as not to be left with nothing but an Alpacca — & let the people make for you according to these own taste — wont [sic] you — & believe me — Ever & ever your own fondly devoted +++
Ladie Auntie



Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876


Cushman, Emma Crow, 1839-1920

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Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876, “Letter from Charlotte Cushman to Emma Crow Cushman, n.d.,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed May 19, 2024, https://archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/950.

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