Helen Hunt Jackson 2-1-16 transcription
Helen Hunt Jackson Papers, Part 2, Ms 0156, Box 1, Folder 16, letters from Charlotte Cushman to HH, 1869-70. Transcribed by Nancy Knipe, 2006. (See also other Cushman letters in the HHJ Papers and HHJ's letters to Cushman.)
Mrs. Hunt is a sweet & charming writer, & I am sure you will like her - will you ask William & Mrs. Ashurst to know her - she will not do [violence?] to your introduction as you will see, & I am very desirous of helping her to a more intimate knowledge of the bright lights in this Island..
God bless you dear
Here I am suddenly & unexpectedly back in New York in bed, on my back, with such a little Finger of my right hand as never yet was seen, atomically it is my little finger, but to look at it, you would say How can it be? But so it is. For the last week I have been suffering with it, hoping each day it w d be better, but yesterday [morn?] it was so much worse that in a kind of terror, I came up [or?] down to N York. This morning the finger has been opened & I can but hope that with the treatment & poultices it will be better - meanwhile I must send you one line in reply to yours of the 5, rec'd yesterday morning. It is just this, my precarious state, dear, which prevents my engaging myself to anything for long at a time. Even 6 months is too long, so if you cannot find it convenient to arrange for rooms for me beforehand, for that length of time, I must just do what I can, at the moment I am able to go. You fix yourself where you will be comfortable, & then when the End of all things (for this year) comes, you will find something for me which even though it should not be so nice as Riggs, will yet do for us sufficiently well for the time being. If the Browntons will wait for me until early in Jany, & take me for 6 weeks sure, possibly (for in my present state all things are possible) longer, I will give up on the more elegant but high-priced Riggs. I cannot write more dear my hand pains me with even this Exertion. Write to me here for I may be detained some days here. I am with friends who are taking good care of me. I was not able to get in, to the house of my kinswoman for she has let all her rooms. Sallie is with me, but my other & much better half is still at Hyde Park.
God bless you
The weather is certainly "trying it on" to me. I have not been able to go out today, though if there had been any body to tempt me out, I think I should have tried it. I love to walk in the snow. Did I tell you yesterday that I was expecting a friend last night, well she came & is going to stay until Thursday but she is not one of the sort to prevent you from coming to me, when you can. I will try to go out tomorrow to see you. I have never seen a harder snow storm I think, but I don't like being kept in, it gives me a sense of bondage that makes my throat sore!
I am so sorry you have a cold, & hope to find you 'all right' tomorrow. I must not have that fascinating fellow & my old lady any longer together.
Ever lovingly yours
One of the ponies, of Mrs. Warren, has hurt himself in some slight way, so that the Egyptian John doesn't want to take them out to-day. Tell me where you got your carriage, that I may be sure of a nice one, or will you like an angel send & order it for one to be here, at 12. Which seems to me to be the best hour for getting the air. Don't you think we could bear an open carriage today.
Bless you carina.
How sweet & good you are to have troubled yourself about my poor friends letters, it will be a Perfect God send to her, & I am a grateful to you as if I was[hungering?] & had five little mouths to feed & only this way of feeding them - with regard to signature, carina, I don't know. Sign it anything you like or the Editor likes, the letters are by Miss E Wood of Rome, a very fine scholar, a good critic, & one who has ways of getting information. Yes, dear, let the check be made to my order at my banker then I shall pay her.
I will see you tomorrow carissima [sic], sometime in the day, & Miss Garland & Emma want to see you before they leave on Wednesday night. Miss Garland is in [?] with the 'out door papers.' I see he is in Boston today, how I should have liked to have heard him.
Will you make a name on Initials, any letters you choose, mine if you
like, but you will do what is wisest and best. Mrs. Pell sent me the book
like a dear woman-
I have been to church this afternoon & had a walk after, if I had
only known you were home before, I would have gone to you.
You will bring me Brett Harte? How does one obtain access to the Library? Do you know of any one who has L'Homme de Neige in the original? You can tell me these things tomorrow. It was a sweet pleasure to see you today. The perfume of you lingers still.
Your aff' attached C.C.
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