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Sarah Orne Jewett Letters of 1885




SOJ to Miss Bridgman*

148 Charles St.
Boston 2nd January
[ 1885 ]*

My dear Mifs Bridgman

    I thank you for your kind letter -- your first question is easily answered.  I was born at South-Berwick Maine September third 1849 -- I never went to school regularly and hardly at all after my childhood.  I was not ^at^ all strong, and besides I liked much better to wander in the fields and pastures, or best of all to drive about with my father who was

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a doctor.  I hardly know what to say where you ask about my favorite studies -- I am not exactly a student, though I have always been very fond indeed of reading, and, since I have been shut up in the house a good deal by illness, I have had more time for books than most other people -- Out-of-door life and people themselves -- country life altogether, gives me more and more happiness every

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year.  Lately however I have spent most of the winter in Boston.

    -- I really could not give you a definite date for all my books. Deephaven* was printed in 1877, though the first of it was written five or six years earlier -- My first paper for the Atlantic: a story called Mr Bruce,* was published in ^Dec^ 1869 and written some months earlier.  I think that, and a story in the Riverside Magazine called The Shipwrecked Buttons* I published at the same time --neither signed by my

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own name, were my first ventures except a story and some verses published when I was about fourteen in a weekly [two or three deleted words] paper --

    The Marsh Island which I am just finishing for the Atlantic [deleted word] will be my seventh book in about seven years -- quite too many!

    With best wishes for the new year

Yours sincerely

Sarah O. Jewett


Laura Bridgman

Notes

Bridgman:  Without more information, it would seem impossible to identify this person.  Perhaps the most famous "Miss Bridgman" in Jewett's world was Laura Dewey Lynn Bridgman (1829 - 1889), known as the first deaf and blind American child to gain an education in English by means of braille and a manual alphabet. Almost certainly Jewett knew who she was, because she was reasonably famous and was educated at the Perkins Institute, to which several close Jewett friends had some connection.  However, there is as yet no known evidence that Jewett and Laura Bridgman corresponded.

1885:  The date is based on Jewett's report that she is just completing A Marsh Island for Atlantic serialization.

Deephaven: Jewett's novel appeared in 1877.

Mr Bruce:  "Mr. Bruce" by A. C. Eliot appeared in Atlantic Monthly in December 1869.

The Shipwrecked Buttons: "The Shipwrecked Buttons" by Alice Eliot appeared in Riverside Magazine in January 1870.

The Marsh Island:  Jewett's novel, A Marsh Island, was serialized in Atlantic Monthly, January through June of 1885.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Small Library, University of Virginia, Special Collections MSS 6218, Sarah Orne Jewett Papers.  Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Lilian Woodman Aldrich

Saturday
[ February 1885 ]*
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148. Charles Street,
Boston.

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Dear Lilian

    I thank you so much for the note and the spoon and the violets.  I never saw such a dear and benevolent Duchess!*  I had a beautiful time opening the three little bundles and displayed them with such triumph when A.F.* came  home. I got up at dinner time by

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way of surprise -- and I am going to get up to lunch today, so you see I am flourishing. I do want to see you dreadfully{ -- } we haven't had a spree of our own all winter. Are you going to the Irving plays* and do you know just where they are to be?  Lily Fairchild* promised to get tickets for me with hers, but I forgot

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to ask her and must. I havent been to a show all winter! Saving up, as it were, though I must say it wasn't intentional!

    I was sorry not to see Miss Sprague again. I meant to go see her as you know, but I was in the house awhile before I went to Newport and have not been out for a week now -- Do tell

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Mrs Anthony if you see her.

    -- I have just got the proofs of the Marsh Island -- the April number* which I think the best. I am in a great hurry for you to read it.

    Dear Lilian you dont know how good you were to send me the dear things yesterday!

Yours ever

    Sadie*


Notes

February 1885: As Jewett has proof for a selection of A Marsh Island scheduled to appear in the April 1885 number of Atlantic, which would appear at the end of March, Jewett probably composed this letter in February or early March of 1885 at the latest.  Henry Irving's acting company appeared in Boston in mid-February of 1885.

Duchess: Nickname for Lilian Aldrich among her close friends; she and her husband were the Duke and Duchess of Ponkapog. See Correspondents.

A. F.: Annie Fields (1834-1915).  See Correspondents.

Irving plays: Britsh actor Henry Irving (1838-1905), along with Ellen Terry (1847-1928) and the Lyceum Theatre Company, toured North America 30 September 1884 through 24 April 1885, performing, among a number of plays, Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and Twelfth Night.  They were in Boston in mid-February.

Lily Fairchild: See Sally Fairchild in Correspondents for information about her mother, Elizabeth Fairchild.

Miss Sprague: While this can only be speculation, it is possible this is Mary Aplin Sprague (1849-1939), author of An Earnest Trifler (1880), a novel praised by William Dean Howells.

Mrs. Anthony: This person has not yet been identified. Among Annie Fields's acquaintance was Mary Aurelia Walker Anthony (1830-1913), a singer, the wife of artist Andrew Varick Stout Anthony (1835-1906).

Marsh Island -- the April number: Jewett's novel, A Marsh Island was serialized in Atlantic Monthly, January to June 1885, after which the novel was released as a book.

"Sadie":  Sadie Martinot was a Jewett nickname with the Aldriches, presumably after the American actress and singer, Sarah/Sadie Martinot. See Correspondents.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Thomas Bailey Aldrich Papers, 119 letters of Thomas Bailey and Lilian Woodman Aldrich, 1837-1926. MS Am 1429 (117). Transcribed and annotated by Terry Heller, Coe College.
    At the bottom left of page one, in another hand, is a circled number: 2738.



SOJ to Annie Adams Fields

[ Winter-Spring 1885]*

 

----- Miss Ward* has gone and we miss her very much, being such a dear visitor.  She is down at Mrs. Goodwin's* and tomorrow Mary* and I are going there to tea.  I hope there will be a moon and a South wind and not a frozen Pinny who desires only not to have to go down stairs and to keep her poor bones in the house.  I haven't creaked so for a good while!    and altogether it has been a bad time.

Later.  Then I wrote a little hour or two at the story  --  this is a very hard chapter about Doris and her father when they go to drive!*  I am trying hard to manage it well.  Uncle William came and stayed an hour and brought your letter and has just gone away. -----

 

Notes

1885:  It seems likely that Jewett was writing the final chapters of A Marsh Island (see notes below) early in 1885.

A transcriber's note with this text reads: [to A. F.]. The lines of hyphens presumably indicate omissions from the manuscript.

Miss Ward: Susan Hayes Ward.  See Correspondents.

Mrs. Goodwin's:  Which Mrs. Goodwin is meant is difficult to determine.  Assistance is welcome.

Mary:  Mary Rice Jewett.  See Correspondents.

Pinny:  A nickname for Jewett used by Jewett and Fields.

to drive:  A transcriber's note identifies this story as A Marsh Island (1885).  The drive referred to occurs in Chapter 19, which first appeared in Atlantic Monthly in June 1885.. 

Uncle William:  William Durham Jewett.  See Correspondents.

This text is from transcriptions from mixed repositories in the Maine Women Writer's Collection, University of New England, Letters from Sarah Orne Jewett, 1875-1890, Undated Letters, Folder 75, Burton Trafton Jewett Research Collection. For more information about the individual transcription, contact the Maine Women Writers Collection. Notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Samuel Sidney McClure

148 Charles Street
Boston 11 March

[ 1885 ? ]

Dear Mr. McClure

    Thank you for your last note.  I was sure you would be interested in the little book.* Have you seen Mrs. J. S. Lowells Private relief & Public Charity?*  Mrs. Fields* has been delighted with that: it is published by the Charity Organization Soc. in N.Y.

    I am going to be in New

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York for a short time, and if you have not sent me the cheque for my story,* I should like very much to have it there -- at the Brunswick Hotel -- care Mrs. J. T. Fields

-- With best wishes always
Yours sincerely
S. O. Jewett


Notes

1885:  While there is some support for this date, it remains speculative.  Because Jewett seems to be discussing with McClure books that were published in 1884, one might guess that the letter was composed that year.  However, Jewett seems clearly to have published a story with the McClure syndicate, which entered into business in 1884.  Her first known story believed to be distributed by the McClure Syndicate probably was "A Business Man" in March of 1885.  Paula Blanchard, in Sarah Orne Jewett, is persuaded that the correspondence about Roland Hill took place in 1885 (pp. 190-1).

the little book:  It seems likely that Jewett and McClure have corresponded about Annie Field's book, How to Help the Poor (1884).

Public Charity:  Jewett seems to have reversed the terms in the title.  Almost certainly she refers to Public Relief and Private Charity (1884) by Josephine Shaw Lowell.

Fields:  Annie Adams Fields.  See Correspondents.

my story:  If the composition date is correct, this may be "A Business Man," which first appeared in various newspapers in March 1885.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Small Library, University of Virginia, Special Collections MSS 6218, Sarah Orne Jewett Papers.  Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to John Greenleaf Whittier


148 Charles St.
Friday 6 April 1885*


My dear Friend

    The Sandpiper* says "Oh give him my love and say that art is a swallowing the sandpiper up!  --  else I should be writing him too"  -- Indeed the dear bird is very busy, not with pots and pans just now, but with watercolor pictures, for she is taking lessons of Ross Turner* at last, and is succeeding wonderfully.  The upper room here looks like a studio and there is a picture of Venetian boats that would win your heart.  By all this you will see that C. T.* has come for a visit and I must also tell you that we are reading Mrs. Carlyle's letters* together and having a very good time generally.  My sister Mary* is still in town, and every thing goes on much as usual.  There are more schooners and little boats out in the river and the grass in the convent garden* really looks as if it thought about growing green.  I have been shut up in the house for a good many days for the rheumatism keeps coming back with seven others like the devils of scripture,* and I have been good-for-nothing at all.

    Oh what a beautiful story it was about the old deacon!*  and how sensible it was of the two of them to see if they liked before they undertook so serious a thing as getting married!  I think it is a pity more people had not done the same thing.  I am sure I hope the hens liked too!  It is so funny to think of his starting out with his hens!  I cant think who the old fellow is, but Berwick is a great country.

    We were both so glad to get your letter and dear T. L. sends a great deal of love.  I shall write again soon and I am always yours most lovingly.

                        Sarah


Notes

1885:  The transcription gives the positive date of 1883 for this letter, but that is impossible because the letter references an event of winter 1885, when Celia Thaxter began painting lessons with Ross Turner.  Perhaps the transcriber made a typographical error.

Sandpiper:  A nickname among the inner circle of Jewett and Fields for Celia Thaxter.  See Correspondents.

Ross Turner:  According to the Celia Thaxter Timeline by Norma H. Mandel, Thaxter began her studies with Ross Turner in the winter of 1884-5.  Ross Sterling Turner (1847-1915) was an American painter, watercolorist, and illustrator in the Boston area.

C. T.:  Celia Thaxter. See Correspondents.

Mrs. Carlyle's letters:  It appears Jewett refers to James Anthony Froude, editor, Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle, Prepared for Publication by Thomas Carlyle (New York, 1883), 2 vols.

Mary:  Mary Rice Jewett.  See Correspondents.

convent garden:  According to Rita Gollin, Louise Imogen Guiney in an 1898 profile of Annie Fields described the Fields house at 148 Charles St. in Boston as containing a "homelike convent cell," where Fields composed her work (Annie Fields p. 279).  While it is not certain that Jewett refers to the Charles Street garden, this is possible.  Assistance is welcome.

with seven others like the devils of scripture:  In Luke 8 appears the account of Mary Magdalene, whom Jesus freed of seven devils.

the old deacon:  Jewett refers to her story, "The Courting of Sister Wisby," which first appeared in Atlantic Monthly 59 (May 1887).  This leads to an intriguing problem.  Because of the reference to Thaxter's painting lessons, the letter seems almost certainly to be from 1885, though further biographical research could show that Thaxter stopped her lessons and then started them again in 1887.  See Richard Cary's notes for SOJ to John Geenleaf Whittier, August 16, 1885.

T. L.:  A nickname for Annie Fields.  The meaning of the initials is not yet known.

This text is from transcriptions from mixed repositories, Letters from Sarah Orne Jewett, 1875-1890, folder 63, Burton Trafton Jewett Research Collection. For more information about the individual transcription, contact the Maine Women Writers Collection. Notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Annie Adams Fields

Tuesday evening
[ April 1885  ]

Dearest Fuffs*

            The big box of pretty clothes surprised me tonight, and I am so much obliged to you for all you have done about them.  ^They look as if they were perfectly done^) I only took hurried looks at them* because I thought it best to save little Mifs Grant's* feelings and not parade them  --  as she might feel grieved, and think I have forsaken her.  Poor little soul  --  she looks tired and old this spring.  I must see what I can do to give her a pleasure by and by.  Oh dear Fuffy I had such a beautiful time this morning.  (I thought of you so

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[ dearly or clearly] !)  Just as I was getting dressed [insertion by Fields this morning] I heard some strolling musicians* out somewhere in the street and out went my head among the apple blossoms to view the world!  It really was a most perfect morning and yet in spite of the unmistakeable New England weather  --  the dandelions and every sort of spring smell in the air  --  off I flew to Venice and went floating solemnly up the Grand Canal* as if that were the only place in the world!  I dont know anything but "Santa Lucia" and "Mariannina"* and much other

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music of that sort, which would be equal to making one confuse a big pink-and-white tree with the crumbling palaces and their reflections in the green water  --  but this is the story of it!  --  Afterward I properly [ clothed ? ] myself in walk-abroad clothes and went out and captured the three players who were very [ friendly ? ] and much amused with my few [ deleted word ] ^Italian^ words  ( (being quite off my head with enjoyment)*  and I paraded them up the street to give Carrie* a morning serenade. I haven't been steady all day after such a delightful experience --) it was so funny and sweet to have the really charming ^music & old^ Italian songs

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here in Berwick  --  but indeed I believe I [ never corrected ] have known such an [ perhaps a single quotation mark ] amazingly, bewilderingly beautiful Spring.  It doesn't not [ so written ] seem like a real one; it gets into my head a little as Marigold* says the scarlet oaks do in October 'down on the Cape'* --  I think every day you will come rustling through the air and light down beside me{.}  I keep wishing for you so, and if tomorrow should be the least bit better than today I should have to go to Boston after you --

    [ Seemingly two deleted, penciled beginning parenthesis marks ] Oh Fuff dear the bloom of it will all be gone by the 12th of June -- I wish we could

[ breaks off; no signature ]

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Did you ever see such a dear letter from Thy friend?* Please send it right back. [ Penciled note: Whittier ]

Notes

April 1885: Penciled notes in upper right, presumably by Fields read:  "(Spring)" "1885" and two unrecognized marks.
    The latest possible date for this letter would appear to be 1889, the year of Mary Greenwood Lodge's death in December.  In the absence of clearly contradictory information, I have tentatively accepted the penciled in date.
    This letter presents a puzzle, because Jewett has written another letter almost certainly describing exactly the same event.  These two letters are presented together here. Perhaps the same musicians showed up on two different days in the same week, or perhaps these letters are from different years.

Fuffs: Nickname for Annie Adams Fields.    See Correspondents.

them:  Annie Fields has penciled in a number of editorial marks.  All of the parenthesis marks are hers, except for the set noted below.  Despite this editing, Fields did not include this letter in her 1911 selection of Jewett's letters.
    At this point, she has deleted Jewett's "them" and penciled in "my new dresses tonight."
    Fields also has drawn a penciled line from her opening parenthesis to the beginning of the line "I only took ..." suggesting that had she used this letter, she would have begun her transcription with this sentence as she has revised it.

Miss Grant's:  Olive Grant, who usually helped the Jewett family produce their clothing. See Correspondents.

strolling musicians:  Jewett describes almost exactly the same events in another letter.

Venice ... Grand Canal:  Jewett almost certainly refers to her summer 1882 stay in Venice, Italy.

"Santa Lucia" and "Mariannina":  According to Wikipedia, this is a traditional Neapolitan song: "The original lyrics ... celebrate the picturesque waterfront district, Borgo Santa Lucia, in the Bay of Naples, in the invitation of a boatman to take a turn in his boat, to better enjoy the cool of the evening."  "Marianina" is an Italian folk song about a fairy flying over sea, fields and mountains.

enjoyment):  Jewett puts this phrase within parentheses, but the first of the two marks at the beginning of the phrase was penciled by Fields.

Carrie: Caroline Jewett Eastman. See Correspondents.

Marigold: Mary Greenwood Lodge.  See Correspondents.

the Cape:  Probably, Jewett refers to Cape Ann, MA, where the summer home of Annie Fields in Manchester-by-the-Sea is located.

Thy friend: John Greenleaf Whittier. See Correspondents.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library of Harvard University. Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909. Annie Fields (Adams) 1834-1915, recipient. 194 letters; 1877-1909 & [n.d.] Sarah Orne Jewett correspondence, 1861-1930. MS Am 1743 (255). Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Annie Adams Fields


Thursday morning

[ April 1885 ]*

Dearest Fuff*

            I am so distracted by a charming three of Italian musicians who now play Santa Lucia* under my window, that I have doubts about [ this corrected from the ] letter's turning out very well as to hard facts. --  (Now they go into another ^air^ which starts me up the grand canal so that I suppose

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that I must have heard it there!)  They are gathering an idle crowd out of the village and I must  ------  in fact I have descended, and ascertained the fact that Napoli was [ their corrected ] home and we have bowed many times and been as polite as we know how in our best moments.  They now

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play The Anvil Chorus* with a bent pin some where in a fiddle string, perhaps for the family sins of over generosity!!  but what a funny bit of gayety they bring into a sober New England village.  Deacon Litchfield of the Baptist church* stands in his shop door with his foot twitching in his big shoe as if it might dance any minute.

    (We went to Portsmouth

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yesterday afternoon and had a delightful drive. I found G. Haliburton* better but still in bed. I shall try to go down for a day next week. Mrs. Haven & her sister* asked most affectionately for you. I wish that we were going to have one of our long drives this fall. I suppose that we might have expected Jessie's* letter. I hope that we were not foolish to write it. Carrie says that Eva* is very sensitive about people's

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( saying that she is not well, fearing that word of it will get about, we must just let her go on her own way, and at any rate she gets off in the spring you know. I think of you )

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going to the wedding today -- Please let William take Mrs. Kilhaus's* plate back that the

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honey came in. Have you ever thought to send a word to Mrs. Perkins* in Newport. I think a letter that the old lady could see would be best and you can

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speak generally about Mary.* Perhaps you did write.

Good by from Pinny.*
( dear Fuff ))

Notes

April 1885:  This letter presents a puzzle, because Jewett has written another letter almost certainly describing exactly the same event.  These two letters are presented together here. Perhaps the same musicians showed up on two different days? Or perhaps these letters are from different years.

Jewett wrote another letter to Annie Fields, tentatively dated in April 1884, in which she describes almost identical events.  While it seems off that she wrote both letters in the same year.  There is little in the letter to place it at another time. Therefore, it appears here.
    Most parenthesis marks in this manuscript were penciled by Fields.

Fuff: Nickname for Annie Adams Fields.    See Correspondents.

Santa Lucia:  According to Wikipedia, this is a traditional Neapolitan song: "The original lyrics ... celebrate the picturesque waterfront district, Borgo Santa Lucia, in the Bay of Naples, in the invitation of a boatman to take a turn in his boat, to better enjoy the cool of the evening."

Anvil Chorus: According to Wikipedia, is from act 2, scene 1 of Giuseppe Verdi's 1853 opera Il Trovatore (1853): "It depicts Spanish Gypsies striking their anvils at dawn ... and singing the praises of hard work, good wine, and Gypsy women."

Deacon Litchfield of the Baptist Church:  Deacon Litchfield has not been identified.

G. Haliburton: Georgina Haliburton. See Correspondents.

Mrs. Haven & her sister: Probably, Mrs. Haven is Geogina Halliburton's mother, Susan Halliburton Peters, whose second husband was George Wallis Haven.  This Mrs. Haven is not known to have had sisters, but her first husband had two sisters, one of whom resided near Georgina in Portsmouth, Mary Ann Halliburton. See Correspondents.

Jessie's:  Jessie Cochrane. See Correspondents.

Carrie ... Eva:  Carrie Jewett Eastman and, probably, Baroness Eva von Blomberg. See Correspondents.

William take Mrs. Kilhaus's:  In a letter to Fields of 12 October 1890, Jewett mentions Mrs. Kilhaus as a supplier of honey.  William presumably is a Fields employee; he has not yet been further identified.

Mrs. Perkins ... Mary: This Mrs. Perkins has not been identified. Sarah Hart Eliot Perkins (1814- 4 Feb. 1885), the mother-in-law of correspondent Mrs. Edith Forbes Perkins, could be a candidate, but she died in February 1885.  Edith Perkins, at about 42 years of age, hardly seems an "old lady." See Correspondents.
     Mary's identity also is uncertain.  She may be Edith Perkins's daughter, Mary Russell Perkins (1883-1970).

Pinny:  Pinny Lawson (Pinny / Pin) was an affectionate nickname for Jewett, used by her and Annie Fields. See Correspondents.

( dear Fuff )):  This final text is problematic.  It is in pencil.  Jewett almost certainly produced this text: (dear Fuff); "dear" is underlined twice, probably by Jewett. The final parenthesis mark is larger, marking both "dear" and "Fuff," which appear on two lines in the top margin of the page; almost certainly Fields supplied this mark.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library of Harvard University. Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909. Annie Fields (Adams) 1834-1915, recipient. 194 letters; 1877-1909 & [n.d.] Sarah Orne Jewett correspondence, 1861-1930. MS Am 1743 (255). Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Annie Adams Fields


Late Wednesday Afternoon

[ Spring 1885 ]*


Dear Annie

    The day has flown [ fast or past ] -- I read the newspapers and I did my proofs, or went over them again, and read something else -- then I found some one come to spend the day here and a good sized mail to consider which took my time until dinner; then I had to go over to the other house* and do the proofs which had taken so much thought -- and now they have gone off in the

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mail. ----- I am writing because I have a nice little quiet time -- the company having gone as well as the proofs, and I wish to be at my work early tomorrow. The painters are in the hall and my desk upstairs all covered up so that I am sitting at Mary's* in the library.

    There is such a pretty flock of crocuses all round the lilacs -- I can

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see them as I look out and I wish you could too! (I hope it has been a good conference.) You will just be coming home and having no Pinny to drink up tea with! (Dear Fuffy* I do hope ^that^ when I come again I shall not be grumbling and apprehensive of every misfortune! It is never a very brisk time in spring, but let us not think of that. I think that nothing is so bad as worrying, only some worries worry you, and others)

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are just you a-worrying, and I seem at this moment to be possessed by both! (I wonder if you will see Mrs. Cabot* -- I shall like to think of you there. ---- Now I must go and take off my best waist{.}

    -- I feel as if your eye were upon me !! but I have been so busy since I got home.

    With dearest love

Pinny*

A letter from Cora about the Country Doctor !!* I suppose it is a teacher who went there -- the stamp looks so far off!



Notes

Spring 1885:  This date is guess. Fields penciled "Spring 1901" in the upper right of page 1.  However, internal evidence strongly suggests that it was written after 1884, when Jewett's A Country Doctor was published and before 1887, when she and her sister moved into the "Jewett House."  That she is working hard on proofs suggests that this is the time when her third novel, A Marsh Island was appearing in Atlantic Monthly, between January and June of 1885.

(I hope: Parenthesis marks in this letter have been penciled in by Fields.

other house:  Jewett and her sister Mary resided in the "doctor's" house, built for their family after her father's marriage, until the death of their uncle William Jewett in 1887.  After 1887, Jewett and Mary moved to the older family home, now the Jewett House, and their sister Carrie and her family resided in the doctor's house. Before 1887, when Jewett needed quiet to work, she would repair to the Jewett House.

Mary's: Mary Rice Jewett. See Correspondents.

Fuffy:  Nickname for Annie Adams Fields. See Correspondents.

Mrs. Cabot: Susan Burley Howes Cabot. See Correspondents.

Cora ... Country Doctor: Cora Clark Rice. See Correspondents.
    Jewett's novel, A Country Doctor, appeared in 1884.

Pinny:  Pinny Lawson (Pinny / Pin) was an affectionate nickname for Jewett, used by her and Annie Fields. See Correspondents.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library of Harvard University. Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909. Annie Fields (Adams) 1834-1915, recipient. 194 letters; 1877-1909 & [n.d.] Sarah Orne Jewett correspondence, 1861-1930. MS Am 1743 (255). Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Emma Harding Claflin Ellis


34 Union Park*
Wednesday
[In another hand Apr 15, 1880] [or 1885]*

Dear Mrs. Ellis

    I had a letter from Mrs. Claflin* this morning asking me to make her a little visit on & after the 26th and I have just been thinking what I should say!  I write [unreadable faint script] to see her, and yet I am not by any means well yet and I am afraid I

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will take very small part in the festivities she suggests. 

    [Perhaps an unreadable word]  I can only promise myself the pleasure conditionally and I am going to do that.  If I feel as well on Friday as I do now, I think I shall go out in the train to see you for an hour or two.  If you are to be in town that day or especially busy would you please send me a

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line here?  I should probably go out early in the afternoon.

Yours always lovingly

Sarah

    You wouldn't let my coming interfere with whatever you were going to do you know!

Notes

34 Union Park:  In Boston's South End (2004), Anthony Mitchell Sammarco notes that Alexander Hamilton Rice was at one time a resident at 34 Union Park in Boston.  Alexander Rice was the father of John Rice, who married Jewett's close friend Cora Clark Rice. See Correspondents.

or 1885
:  In 1880, April 15 fell on a Thursday.  With this letter is an envelope addressed to Mrs. Ellis that was cancelled on April 15, but no year appears in the cancellation.  It seems unlikely that Jewett would date her letter a day later than she mailed it.  Therefore, this 1880 date is uncertain.  The closest year to 1880 on which April 15 falls on Wednesday is 1885.  Therefore this letter is placed with others of both years.

Mrs. Claflin
.  Mary Bucklin Davenport Claflin. See Correspondents.

The manuscript of this letter is held by Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in the  Governor William and Mary Claflin Papers,  GA-9, Box 4, Miscellaneous Folder J.  Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Samuel Sidney McClure

148 Charles Street
Boston May 6th

[ 1885 ]*


Dear Mr. McClure

    I send the story as requested.  I have asked the writer if it were not too true, but he says that with the exception of the cave description itself, he drew entirely upon his imagination{,}

    There was a nomadic impulse among the small boys it is true but nothing exactly like this.  I never read anything that seemed so real in its way --

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and I suppose it is a great virtue in sketch writing like this --  I think you will probably use this in two parts, but Mr. Hill will I dare say send you some shorter pieces by and by.  I think his work has a good deal of uncommon readableness.  I know if I could talk to you about him you would feel as much interest in him as I do, but it is not exactly the thing to put into type.

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    -- I am so glad to hear that you are getting on so very well, but dear Mr. McClure, believe me, it is the poorest economy to overwork yourself -- Cannot you get just the right man to help you and so by and by have a kind of lieutenant who could manage for you?

    -- You will be needing a rest you know -- Dont enlarge too far -- it keeps one always at such a strain, and doesn't not [ so written ]

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make sure of a comfortable foundation -- Forgive my attempts at lecturing because they are so sincerely well meant! -- I shall be glad to hear from this as soon as possible, and you may make the cheque out to Roland B. Hill* and send it to me and I will forward it{.}

With best wishes
Yours very truly
Sarah O. Jewett


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I will send you a short sketch by and by but I am not doing any work just  now for I need a rest very much.


Notes

1885 or later:  In the absence of any fruitful information about Roland Hill, it seems one can be sure only that this letter was composed after S. S. McClure founded his publishing syndicate.  Jewett's earliest known syndicated publication was "Stolen Pleasures" in the autumn of 1885.

Roland B. Hill:  Even with this full name, it has proven thus far impossible to identify this person. The only contemporary published author named Roland Hill seems to be a minor British poet active at the turn of the 20th century, the author of verse dramas and poetry collections such as The Happy Traveler (1909).

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Small Library, University of Virginia, Special Collections MSS 6218, Sarah Orne Jewett Papers.  Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Annie Adams Fields

     Thursday afternoon, 23 July, 1885.

     Now comes the news of General Grant's death,* which is a relief in a way. I think nothing could be more pathetic than the records of his last fight with his unvanquishable enemy. No two men I have ever seen came up to Grant and Tennyson* in Greatness. Tennyson first, I must say that. Good heavens, what a thing it is for a man of Grant's deliberate, straightforward, comprehending mind, to sit day after day with that pain clutching at his throat, looking death straight in the face! and with all his clear sight he was no visionary or seer of spiritual things. It must have made him awfully conscious of all that lay this side the boundary. And now he knows all, the step is taken, and the mysterious moment of death proves to be a moment of waking. How one longs to take it for one's self!

Notes

General Grant's death: Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), Union Commander in the United States Civil War and later President.  He died of throat cancer on July 23, 1885.

Tennyson: Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), the English poet.

This letter appears in Annie Fields, Letters of Sarah Orne Jewett (1911),  Transcribed by Annie Adams Fields, with notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Samuel Sidney McClure

South Berwick Maine
16 July
[ 1885 ]*

S. S. McClure Esqr

Dear Sir

        If you will send me the mss. of Mr. Hill* I will return you the amount of the postage -- I am sorry you cannot use them.  I understood from your letter that you would keep the longer one (Mr.

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[Hobart's ?]  Cave) or I would have asked you to let me have it long ago.

    The others I knew were waiting for decision.  I am not surprised that you think you cannot use them but I am sorry about the other --- especially as I have told the author that you had accepted it.  In haste yrs sincerely

S. O. Jewett


Notes

1885 or later:  In the absence of any fruitful information about Roland Hill, it seems one can be sure only that this letter was composed after S. S. McClure founded his publishing syndicate.  Jewett's earliest known syndicated publication was "Stolen Pleasures" in the autumn of 1885.

Mr. Hill:  Jewett refers to several pieces of writing by Roland C. Hill that she submitted to McClure.  No further information about him has yet been located. 

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Small Library, University of Virginia, Special Collections MSS 6218, Sarah Orne Jewett Papers.  Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.




SOJ to Annie Adams Fields

Tuesday morning

[ July 1885 ]

Dear Fuff*

    The long-wished for showers are hindering me from going to York and I hear that the Howells's* are at Wells, or were last Sunday. I wish that they would fall in love with the [ old corrected ] place and its green marshes and win other people there.  If I feel just like it, I mean to drive round there from York first to the Cliff* to see the friends of last year and then to Wells to spend the night.  I shouldn't dare to tell Mother but I should like to run away

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and have a day by myself.  I feel like your Berkshire [ deleted letters ] old woman who said My God!  More creatures!!  and yet I am having a dear quiet time at home.  And now that Carrie* is better I am so thankful and hopeful that everything seems right --  It is so pleasant here in the old house -- the old houses I ought to say.  And yet I like to play out doors all alone sometimes just as I used when I was a little girl --   Fuff not to be scared about Pinny going round the shore alone.

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Every fisherman knows her and she will be protected!    And I daresay she wont go! ---

    What a Fuff to say that I must destroy the Pearl [ st- Fuffy ? ] poem!! I wont!* So you may expect vast naughtiness on that point. I love them very much and you are not to be low about them or about your work or your own dear self. I wonder if you are skipping your claret for lunch or misbehaving yourself any way -- Pinny to come and tend to you awfil! [ so spelled ] (Dear Aunt Harriet!* I am so glad

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the little visit is a blessing -- ) and* thank you ever so much for telling me about the Marsh Island.* ----- I have been wondering about that sketch of Hills which has to do with the old Pennsylvania town* -- I wonder this: if you would send it to Mr. Childs's paper* with a word -- It is entirely local and not bad.  I think it might come under the head of correspondence{.} I haven't got them back from McClure* yet but will you think about this dear. I shall be quite prepared for your saying you

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would rather not. What he does is so newspapery -- if he rose to eminence I am sure it would be as local editor -- he has a clever way of putting particularities, but no idea of general truths or principles it seems to me -- I wish we could get a place for him on a paper late this fall away from Boston -- He really  has great qualities of usefulness which some paper ought to have the good of.

    A good thunder-storm is [ brewing ? ] over my head and I daresay there will be pleasant weather afterward.  Oh I must brag

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about having put the black silk skirt in order all myself! (I took the overskirt from that one with the velvet petticoat --) ( dont you [ remember ? ] it was such a nice silk -- and quite fresh compared to the other which was truly a little past.) (Do give my love to Ida.* I am so sorry to miss her visit -- ) How dear of you to get Mrs. Ewing's story! I really long to read that and the Pattison life,* but do lend them until I come. I think it is being a missionary to have nice books and send them where they are needed -- (and you are so wise about that dear darling -- ) [two or three deleted words, possibly in pencil and by Fields ]

    I could go on writing a great

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while, but I think this letter is long enough.  (Made four calls last night. I [ was or am ? ] very good ladies.  No more self [ complacencies ? ] from a truly humble and very loving

Pinny ))

 
Notes

July 1885:  Fields places 1889 in the upper right of page 1. However, it seems clear that Jewett writes during the struggle she had with S. S. McClure to either place or return the Roland Hill manuscripts.  See notes below.  Further, Jewett writes here as if A Marsh Island (1885) were a recent publication; the novel completed its serial appearance in Atlantic in June 1885. It seems highly likely, therefore, that this and the other letters concerning Hill were composed in 1885.

Fuff:  Nickname for Annie Adams Fields. See Correspondents.

Howells: William Dean Howells. See Correspondents.

the Cliff: York Harbor, ME is known in part for "The Cliff Walk ...an ancient shoreline path lined with beach roses, [that] winds along Eastern Point ledges above the surf."  The surrounding area has long included summer residences.

Carrie: Caroline Jewett Eastman. See Correspondents.
    Fields has deleted Carrie's name and replaced it with "C." in pencil.

wont!:  Jewett has underlined this word 4 times.

Pearl [ st- Fuffy ? ] poem: Probably this poem by Fields has not been published. Just one poem from her 1895 collection, The Singing Shepherd, contains the word "pearl":  "The Gift Divine."

Aunt Harriet:  Arthur Holland's mother, Harriet Holland. See Correspondents.

blessing ... and:  The parenthesis marks here have been penciled in by Fields. She also has deleted the word "and."
    All other parenthesis marks in this letter are from Fields's pencil.

Marsh Island:  Jewett's novel, A Marsh Island, appeared in 1885.

Hills ... Pennsylvania town: Jewett refers to a pieces of writing by Roland C. Hill that she submitted to S. S. McClure. No further information about Mr. Hill has yet been discovered. In pencil, Fields has deleted "Hills" and inserted "P's."

Mr. Childs's paperWikipedia says "George William Childs (1829 - 1894) was an American publisher who co-owned the Philadelphia Public Ledger newspaper with financier Anthony Joseph Drexel....  Childs was widely known for his public spirit and philanthropy. In 1884, for example, he loaned $500 to poet Walt Whitman to help him purchase his home in Camden, New Jersey. In addition to numerous private benefactions in educational and charitable fields, he erected memorial windows to William Cowper and George Herbert in Westminster Abbey (1877), and to John Milton in St. Margaret's, Westminster (1888), a monument to Leigh Hunt at Kensal Green, a William Shakespeare memorial fountain at Stratford-on-Avon (1887), and a monument to Richard A. Proctor. In 1875, he gave the final donation to complete the Edgar Allan Poe monument in Baltimore."

McClure: S. S. McClure. See Correspondents.

Ida: Ida Agassiz Higginson. See Correspondents.

Mrs. Ewing's story ... Pattison lifeJuliana Horatia Gatty Ewing (1841- 13 May 1885) was an English author of children's stories, including A Great Emergency and Other Tales (1877).   Presumably, Jewett and Fields were interested in some recent book. Several of her books appeared in the last two years of her life; knowing to which Jewett refers is difficult. However, The Story of a Short Life (1885) deals with child welfare and, therefore, would be more likely than some titles to interest Fields.
     Dorothy Wyndlow Pattison (1832-1878), was an Anglican nun, better known as Sister Dora. Margaret Lonsdale published her biography, Sister Dora (1880).

Pinny:  Nickname for Sarah Orne Jewett.  See Correspondents.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library of Harvard University. Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909. Annie Fields (Adams) 1834-1915, recipient. 194 letters; 1877-1909 & [n.d.] Sarah Orne Jewett correspondence, 1861-1930. MS Am 1743 (255). Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Samuel Sidney McClure

South Berwick Maine
28 July
[ 1885 ]

My dear Mr. McClure

    Will you please send me the Hill sketches?*  I must see what else I can do with them or one of them at least, and Mrs. Fields* has a place for the other.  I am particularly anxious for the Lancaster sketch --

    I have been prevented

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from doing any work of any consequence lately and so I am belated about sending you a story.  I have one of seven or eight ^or nine^ thousand words which might do if you could use one so long, but I believe you do not go over six unless for a serial?


Yours very truly
S. O. Jewett



Notes

1885 or later:  In the absence of any fruitful information about Roland Hill, it seems one can be sure only that this letter was composed after S. S. McClure founded his publishing syndicate.  Jewett's earliest known syndicated publication was "Stolen Pleasures" in the autumn of 1885.

Hill sketches:  Jewett refers to several pieces of writing by Roland C. Hill that she submitted to McClure.  No further information about him has yet been located.

Mrs. Fields:  Annie Adams Fields. See Correspondents.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Small Library, University of Virginia, Special Collections MSS 6218, Sarah Orne Jewett Papers.  Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.





SOJ to Lillian Munger

  [July - August 1885]*

My Dear Lily

     I think of you so often and wish I could hear from you and know how you are getting on. Do ask your friend to write me again if you do not feel equal to it yourself. Dear child I hope and pray that you find some comfort already. I know you must. I will only send you this little word to-day instead of a letter but I wish very much to hear from you.

          Yours affectionately

               S. O. J.
 

Notes

July - August 1885:  It seems likely that this letter refers to the death of Lillian Munger's mother, Ann Celia  J. (Anderson) Munger, which took place on July 1, 1885, according to a biographical sketch of her father. Rev. Charles Munger, which appears in  History of Methodism in Maine, 1793-1886 [electronic Resource].
    Marti Hohmann in "Sarah Orne Jewett to Lillian M. Munger: Twenty-Three Letters." Colby Library Quarterly 22.1 (Mar. 1986): 28-35, writes that the 23 letters from Jewett to Munger in the University of Virginia Clifton Waller Barrett Library all were written between 1876 and 1882, after the Lillian's family left South Berwick in 1876, when her Methodist clergyman father accepted a new posting in Farmington, ME.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Old Berwick Historical Society, in the archives at the Counting House Museum in South Berwick, ME: item 1974I 0003.C. Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Samuel Sidney McClure
Manchester by the Sea
Mass.
10 August 
      [ 1885 ]*

Dear Mr. McClure

    I must ask you once again to send me immediately Mr. Hill's sketches.*  I am very sorry for this delay -- it is not business-like either on your part or mine.  I am

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responsible for them of course and under the circumstances, I must expect you either to forward the three papers to me or to send me the amount of their value -- I have waited several weeks now, and while I was ready at first to make allowance for your hurry

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I cannot help feeling that it is quite time the five minutes for sealing them up and addressing them to me should be found -- As I have already said twice, I will refund the price of the return postage to you immediately

Your friend,       
S. O. Jewett.

Notes

1885 or later:  In the absence of any fruitful information about Roland Hill, it seems one can be sure only that this letter was composed after S. S. McClure founded his publishing syndicate.  Jewett's earliest known syndicated publication was "Stolen Pleasures" in the autumn of 1885.

Mr. Hill's sketches:  Jewett refers to several pieces of writing by Roland C. Hill that she submitted to McClure.  No further information about him has yet been located.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Small Library, University of Virginia, Special Collections MSS 6218, Sarah Orne Jewett Papers.  Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to John Geenleaf Whittier

Manchester, Mass.

Monday August 16, 1885

 

My dear Friend:

     If I had written you every time I have thought of it this summer you would have had half a room full of letters! I hoped that it would come about that A. F.* and I should not miss our little visit to Asquam* but she has felt that she ought not to go away and until within a few days I have not been able to leave home. My sister was ill when I went away from her six weeks ago and then between relays of visitors and my family's dispersing to the seashore, I was very much "dispersed" myself from my pen and ink's neighbourhood. I like to keep house dearly, but I have to give my whole mind to it!! It has been a lovely summer in Berwick and I never loved the dear old place so much -- it is harder every time to come away and when I am here, I "strike root" amazingly, so I am quite grieved to the heart every little while. I am going home again directly -- this is only a visit between visits like the old topers "drinking between drinks." The Longfellow girls1 are coming tomorrow and after their visit is over Mabel Lowell and her boys,2 but I shall not be here then. I did get two short stories done:3 one is highly approved by A. F. and the other reminds me of an installation prayer which Father used to mention. The parson was thanking God for all the predecessors in that pulpit (which was in Dover) and he extolled Father Bellamy and all the rest straight along, until he came to one who had been an awful scallawag: "And now O Lord we come to thy next servant of whom Lord, of whom -- we -- can't -- speak -- quite -- so -- well.''

     I hope your dear cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Cartland* are with you, and that you will give my love to them. My sister Mary* and I are going to drive to Manchester again some time next month and I shall call all along the road, as the farmers' wives do in "Witchtrot."4

     We have been much saddened by the news of H. H.'s death5 and talk of her and her work a great deal. How many people will miss her, especially those to whom she has reached out such a strong helping hand. Edith Thomas6 for one!

     I think now and then about the story you sent me,7 and I have faith that something is growing out of it. I have to work backward when I get an idea in this way, for I usually know my people and their sur­roundings first and then, whatever particular happens to them is sec­ondary.

     My hand is getting better, of late, and does not begin to trouble me as it did for so many months, and I should have written a good deal this last time I was at home if there had not been so many other things to do. I hope to take Mrs. Fields back with me for a few days when she leaves here in October. She would send her love to you by this con­veyance I am sure, but one small letter cannot carry two people's whole affectionateness any way in the world. You know how dearly we both love you and I am more than your grateful and affectionate

S. O. J.

 
Notes

1. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow had three daughters: Alice Mary (1850-1928); Edith (1853-1915) who married Richard Henry Dana; and Annie Allegra (1855­1934) who married Joseph G. Thorp. Of the three, Miss Jewett was most familiar with Alice.

2. James Russell Lowell's daughter Mabel (1847-1898) married Edward Burnett; they had three sons and two daughters. Mrs. Burnett collaborated with Charles Eliot Norton on a Grolier Club edition of John Donne in 1895.

3. Probably "Mary and Martha," Christian Union, XXXI I (November 26, 1885), 12-13 , and "The Dulham Ladies," Atlantic Monthly, LVII (April 1886), 455-462; both collected in A White Heron and Other Stories (1886).

4. Witch Trot Road ran through Wells, Maine, past the Jewett house and to the Lower Landing at the Hamilton House. It abounded in the legendry of bewitched animals, mildewed crops, secret compacts with the devil, and tormented souls driven for centuries by wizards and witches.*

5. Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) died August 12. Under the initials "H. H." and the nom de plume "Saxe Holm," she wrote poems and fiction, best remembered of which is the novel Ramona [Romona].

6. Edith M. Thomas (1854-1925), poet with a classical idiom, impressed Mrs. Jackson when she called on her in a New York hotel with a scrapbook of unpublished verses. Mrs. Jackson's personal persuasion was responsible for the publication of some of these. Miss Thomas' rondeau, "A Friend at Court," acknowledges the value of such aid; her "Born Deaf, Dumb, and Blind" owes much in diction and metaphor to Mrs. Jackson's "The Loneliness of Sorrow."

7. "The Courting of Sister Wisby," Atlantic Monthly, LIX (May 1887), 577-586; collected in The King of Folly Island and Other People (1888). After publication, Whittier wrote that he had read it "with great satisfaction" and was "glad to have any hint of a story acted upon so admirably." (Cary, "More Whittier Letters, P. 135.)

Editor's Notes

A.F.:  Annie Adams Fields.  See Correspondents

Asquam:  Now called Squam Lake, Lake Asquam is "in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire, United States, south of the White Mountains, straddling the borders of Grafton, Carroll, and Belknap counties. The largest town center on the lake is Holderness."

Mr. and Mrs. Cartland:  Cary identifies this couple as Joseph Cartland (1810-1898) and Gertrude Cartland (1822-1911), who ac­companied Whittier on his summer vaca­tions in Maine and New Hampshire for five decades, and in whose home at New­buryport, Massachusetts, he lived most of his last fifteen winters.

sister Mary:  Mary Rice Jewett.  See Correspondents.

Witch Trot Road:  Wendy Pirsig's The Placenames of South Berwick (2007) shows a different route for Witchtrot Road that does not pass the Jewett House or extend to Hamilton House (pp. 68-71).

  This letter was transcribed and annotated by Richard Cary, and first published in  "'Yours Always Lovingly': Sarah Orne Jewett to John Greenleaf Whittier,"  Essex Institute Historical Collections 107 (1971): 412-50. This article was reprinted at the Sarah Orne Jewett Text Project by permission of the library of the American Antiquarian Society and the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.



SOJ to Louisa Loring Dresel

Thunderbolt Hill*
Sunday
[ Summer 1885 ]*


Dear Loulie

    I thought I was quick as I could be!  I just spoke to Mrs. Whitman* and clipped into the study and out round the piazza with an offering of a lemon one and a peppermint for provisions on the drive home -- and when I reached the brow of the hill thinking I should

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overtake you you were already getting into the [ deleted letters ] carriage!  I watched you from the top of the hill with my gibralters* in my hands, so do come soon again and get them.  I forgot to tell you too what seems to belong to you in a way;  I

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have been "making up" the White Heron* again and so when I get down to Berwick it is really going to be written -- no postponement on account of the weather!

    In a hurry -- just before tea --

Your affectionate

S. O. J.


Notes

Thunderbolt Hill:  The location of the Gambrel Cottage of Annie Adams Fields in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA.  See Correspondents.

Summer 1885:  Written in another hand and ink at the top left of page one is the date: 1885. This seems likely to be correct, for Jewett indicates in the letter that she has not yet completed a draft of "A White Heron."  She reports near the beginning of 1886 that William Dean Howells has rejected the story for The Atlantic.  That Jewett is writing from the Fields home in Manchester suggests that the time is warm weather, when Fields usually was at her summer home.  See SOJ to Annie Adams Fields, dated early 1886.

gibraltersWikipedia says that Gibraltar rock candy, associated with Salem, MA, was the first commercially manufactured candy sold in the United States, beginning in 1806.

"the White Heron":  Jewett's story first appeared when she included it in her 1886 volume, A White Heron and Other Stories.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Columbia University (New York) Library in Special Collections, Jewett.  Transcription from a microfilm copy and annotation by Terry Heller, Coe College.



John Greenleaf Whittier to SOJ

 


Amesbury (19th 8 Mo 1885)*

My dear Friend,

    Nothing could be more welcome than thy letter which has just reached me.  I needed it.  We missed thee and dear Annie Fields* this summer at the Asquam.  We enjoyed our summer but the best thing seemed wanting.  I sometimes looked to see you coming through the sunset light as you did once before.

    I hope soon to see thy two new stories, and even the one which is "not quite so well" will be welcome.  Did I tell thee how I like thy story of the girl who turned farmer?*  It is one of thy very best.

    I never met "H.H."* but two or three times -- the first before she was famous but, familiar with all her writings, I seemed to know her intimately.  She had a rare gift and used it nobly. She was, I think, prepared to solve the great mystery.

    I am afraid the story I sent thee is not exactly suited to thy purpose, but perhaps some hints may be got from it without attempting to [ fathom ? ] it.

    I hope I shall see thee and thy sister* as you drive by Manchester, but I fear I may not as I am going to Danvers soon. I am only just back from Holderness.  But I wish thee and dear Annie could come here when you go to Berwick and spend a night once more under my roof.  I will be in A.* at the time if you will drop me a line. You know I cannot afford now to let one of my years pass without seeing you.

    Excuse this brief note.  I am under an avalanche of letters unanswered from people who have no claim upon my time and strength. I wish the postage was trebled.  With love to our dearest of friends, I am always affectionately thine.

John G. Whittier


Notes


1885:  Whittier uses the Quaker convention of numbering months. The transcriber put the full date of the letter within parenthesis, but tentatively dated it in 1888.  It seems clear however that Whittier refers to "Farmer Finch" (1885) as a recent story and that Jewett has asked him about the recently deceased Helen Hunt Jackson.  See SOJ to John Greenleaf Whittier for 16 August 1885.

Annie Fields
:  Annie Adams Fields. See Correspondents.

girl who turned farmer:  Jewett's "Farmer Finch" appeared in Harper's Magazine in January 1885.  It was collected in A White Heron and Other Stories (1886).

the Asquam:  Whittier probably refers to the Asquam House hotel.  Now called Squam Lake, Lake Asquam is "in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire, United States, south of the White Mountains, straddling the borders of Grafton, Carroll, and Belknap counties. The largest town center on the lake is Holderness."  Richard Cary notes of Holderness: "A summer resort village in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Asquam House was on the peak of Shepard Hill which afforded a magnificent view of the several lakes in its vicinity. The scene inspired his poems "The Hill-Top" and "Storm on Lake Asquam."

H.H.: Helen Hunt Jackson (1830 - 12 August1885) used the pen name, H.H.  She was the author of a number of works, fiction and non-fiction, featuring Native Americans, notably A Century of Dishonor (1881) and Ramona (1884).

thy sister:  Probably Mary Rice Jewett.  See Correspondents.

A.:  Presumably,Whittier means Amesbury, MA.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the South Berwick Public Library, South Berwick, ME.  From typescript of an unknown transcriber.  Annotated by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Lilian Woodman Aldrich

South Berwick
Sunday
[ 1885 ]*

Dear Lilian

    Thank you for Mme Bentzon's* letter which came last night.  I hunted for Miss Thomas's* verses to send with it, for I thought I had them with me at Manchester, but

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here they are on this study table after all.  I am sure that you will like to see them so I send them along.  I am perfectly delighted and so is the rest of this household, at the idea of your coming.  I think there

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will be nothing ^here^ to prevent, any time when you get the chance to steal away.  I shall be looking forward and counting upon it.  If there should not be a corner here (which is always likely) you and I will only have to skip across 'the

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yard' and dwell at the old house! -- Now do come dear and stay as long as you can.  Make believe that it is a little trip to Europe!

Yours always

Sadie*

I sent to Otis's* for the fish-dish and A.F.* liked it very much. She was as pleased as a child, with the stool

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you sent her -- and took it as a great

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compliment 'to Clarissa'* -- It lives close by the fireplace in the parlor.


Notes

1885: The date 1883 in brackets appears in the upper right corner of page 1, penciled in another hand.  No rationale for this choice is given. 1885 or close to it, however, seems more likely.  According to Richard Cary in "Miss Jewett and Madame Blanc," the Jewett - Blanc friendship began in 1885, after the publication on 1 February 1885 of Madame Blanc's review of Jewett's novel, A Country Doctor (1884).  The letter would have to be composed before 1887, when Jewett and her sister Mary Rice Jewett moved from their father's home, the Jewett-Eastman house, to their grandparents' and then uncle's home, now the Sarah Orne Jewett House.

Mme Bentzon's: Pen name of Marie Thérèse de Solms Blanc. See Correspondents.

Miss Thomas's: In 1885, Edith M. Thomas (1854 - 1924) published her first volume of poetry: A New Year's Masque and Other Poems.

Sadie: Sadie Martinot, after the American actress of that name, was a nickname for Jewett with the Aldriches. See Correspondents.

Otis's:  Presumably, this is a Boston or Manchester area store, but it has not been identified.

A.F.:  Annie Adams Fields. See Correspondents.

Clarissa: This person is not yet identified.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Thomas Baily Aldrich Papers, 119 letters of Thomas Bailey and Lilian Woodman Aldrich, 1837-1926. MS Am 1429 (117). Transcribed and annotated by Terry Heller, Coe College.
    At the bottom left of page one, in another hand, is a circled number: 2703.



SOJ to Thomas Bailey Aldrich

South Berwick   
28 August [ 1885 ]*

Dear Mr. Aldrich

    Lilian* says that you liked the Invitation to a Walk which Miss Thomas* sent me, and could and would use it in the Atlantic if neither Miss Thomas nor I objected.  I should be only too glad to give a proud consent. Would you like to have me

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ask the author's consent or would you rather do it yourself?

    I am sorry that Lilian cannot [ come corrected ] here just now, but I shall hope to have the visit, later on, and I need not say how glad I should be if you could come too. Any time if Lilian is tired and would be better for a change, do speak a

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word for me and send her down to Berwick and give me the great and dear pleasure of taking care of her --  I know that she would enjoy the drives about this old settlemint [ so spelled ], and I can offer some privileges of crockery-ware!

    If I had seen you that day in Lynn one of the things I wished to say was a word about a poem

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called Recollection which A.F.* wrote early in the summer.  I thought it was very lovely -- [ two deleted lines ] Of course I am telling you this entirely on my own account, but so do not say anything about me, and ask her to let you read a [poem corrected ] or two when you see her next.  She is always so pleased when you say a word about her poems and seem to care for them.  I dont mean this for the Atlantic's ears, only your own.

Yours ever affectionately S. O. J.


Notes

1885:  This date is based upon Jewett's discussion of "Invitation to a Walk," which appeared in Atlantic Monthly in 1885.  See notes below.

Lilian: Lilian Woodman Aldrich. See Correspondents.

Miss ThomasEdith Thomas's (1854-1925) poem to Sarah Orne Jewett, "Invitation to a Walk," appeared in The Atlantic in December 1885, pp. 805-6. Thomas refers specifically to two works of Jewett, "The Confession of a House-Breaker" -- which appears in The Mate of the Daylight (1883) -- and A Marsh Island, which was serialized in Atlantic, January - June 1885.

A. F.:  Annie Adams Fields.  See Correspondents.
    Fields is not known to have published a poem entitled "Recollection."  Perhaps she published it under a different title.  She published no poems in Atlantic during late 1885 and 1886, nor during that period is she known to have published a poem for which this title is especially appropriate.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Thomas Baily Aldrich Papers, 119 letters of Thomas Bailey and Lilian Woodman Aldrich, 1837-1926. MS Am 1429 (117). Transcribed and annotated by Terry Heller, Coe College.
    At the bottom left of page one, in another hand, is a circled number: 2693.


SOJ to Laura E. Bellamy


     South Berwick, Maine
     August 31, 1885

    My dear Miss Bellamy:

     I am sorry that I have not been able to answer your letter sooner, but I was glad I had not written you when I found this little essay yesterday in the Sunday Herald.1 It says many things, which you will appreciate, much better than I could say them, and, I think, gives us a simple straightforward explanation of the fact that some books are for a time and some for no time and some for all time. It isn't for me to decide whether you must keep on writing; that belongs to your own heart and conscience. But I know one thing -- that you will not be left in the dark about it. Do not be misled either by a difficulty or a facility of expression. If you have something to say, it will and must say itself, and the people will listen to whom the message is sent.

     I often think that the literary work which takes the least prominent place nowadays is that belonging to the middle ground. Scholars and so-called intellectual persons have the wealth of literature in the splendid accumulation of books that belong to all times, and now and then a new volume is added to the great list. Then there is the lowest level of literature, the trashy newspapers and sensational novels, but how seldom a book comes that stirs the minds and hearts of the good men and women of such a village as this, for instance. One might say that they are not readers by nature or that they do not get their learning in this way, but the truth must be recognized that few books are written for and from their standpoint. That they have read certain books proves that they would read others if they had them. And whoever adds to this department of literature will do an inestimable good, will see that a simple, helpful way of looking at life and speaking the truth about it -- "To see life steadily, and see it whole," as Matthew Arnold* says -- in what we are pleased to call its everyday aspects must bring out the best sort of writing. My dear father used to say to me very often, "Tell things just as they are!"2 and used to show me what he meant in A Sentimental Journey!* The great messages and discoveries of literature come to us, they write us, and we do not control them in a certain sense. From what I know of your wishes in regard to your work, I am sure you will not neglect any chance of forwarding it, and if it proves that you must make something else first, and put the great gift and pleasure of writing second in your life, you will live none the less helpfully and heartily, and try to find God's meaning and purpose for your work and give it to the world again in whatever you do.

     I try to remember very often a bit from a criticism upon one of Miss Thackeray's novels which I saw in Harper's long ago: "It is, after all, Miss Thackeray herself in Old Kensington who gives the book its charm."3
 
     I fear that I cannot help you much, but I hope and believe that you are equal to helping yourself, for it is what we ourselves put into our own lives that really counts. Thank you for letting me see Mr. Ward's4 letter which pleased me very much. I only wish that I could be as kind a friend to younger writers as those friends whom I found when I was beginning. But they all said, "Work away!"5
 
     With best wishes, believe me
     Yours sincerely,

     Sarah O. Jewett


Notes

     1 "Tests in Literature," Boston Sunday Herald (August 30, 1885), 12; an unsigned discussion of the successful versus the unsuccessful book, using for illustration the works of Shakespeare, Carlyle, Wordsworth, Keats, Dana, Ticknor, Browning, Tennyson, and Whitman.
     2 This maxim Miss Jewett quoted on several occasions and in usually variant form. Her published version in "Looking Back on Girlhood," Youth's Companion, LXV (January 7, 1892), 6, is probably closest to his exact words. See also Letters 2, note 3; 68, note 2; 99.
     3 Review of Anne Thackeray Ritchie's Old Kensington in the "Editor's Literary Record," Harper's, XLVII (June 1873), 131. Henry Mills Alden, then editor, actually wrote: "It is Miss Thackeray in Old Kensington which makes it so delightful a story."
     4 William Hayes Ward (see Correspondents).
     5 For other letters to aspiring writers see Fields, Letters, 245-250 (to Willa Cather), and letters to Andress S. Floyd and John Thaxter in this volume.

Editor's notes

"To see life steadily...":  Matthew Arnold (1822-1888). From Arnold's sonnet, "To a Friend," addressed to Sophocles, "Who saw life steadily, and saw it whole."  See p. 40 of The Poems of Matthew Arnold.

A Sentimental JourneyWikipedia says: "A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy is a novel by Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), written and first published in 1768, as Sterne was facing death."

This letter is edited and annotated by Richard Cary in Sarah Orne Jewett Letters; the ms. is held by Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine.




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SOJ to Annie Adams Fields

[ August - September 1885 ]*-


(nice to look at, for that sort of prettyness, and she had a dress on yesterday that was a pleasure --)* Her mother is astray out of a Dickens* book but I don't know which one. I wish I knew that kind of people well enough to write about them -- they are dreadfully interesting sometimes. Today I am plunged into the depths of the rural districts and this promised to be one of my dear country stories like the Only Son* and [ underlined unrecognized word ] -- Good

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heavens! what a wonderful kind of chemistry it is that evolves all the details of a story and unites* them presently in one flash of time!  For two weeks I have been noticing a certain string of things and having [ hints ? corrected ] of character &c -- and day before yesterday the plan of the story comes into my mind and in half an hour I have put all the little words and ways into their places and can read it off to myself like print --  Who does it, for

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I grow more and more sure that I dont.  I am going to grapple with the difficulties of a run-away husband!  I wish I could tell you all about it, but I mean to have it done in two or three days.  I ought to be preparing The Dulham Ladies, and A Grey Man for "the press"* -- but it is better to get hold of this new one while I can.  I send you a Scribner ^Century.^ Do read the Virginia girl's paper about the war.* We

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have often heard bits of talk that match it, but those pathetic days have never been more truthfully and delicately written down. -- (Oh, about Mrs. Burnett* I think I must ask somebody else about her. I take it that it is not the things she wanted to say about herself that Mme Bentzon* wants -- I know three or four people who have seen a good deal of Mrs. Burnett. I used to know her a little myself --

    Oh you dear Fuff! what are you playing with Marigold?*

    I want to see both of you but

[ up the left margin and then across the top margin of page 3 ]

I shall be there soon. I wish I could show you all my pink and red hollyhocks. I never saw such a blooming out. Dear Darling I wonder if you will be glad to see me as I shall to see you!

Goodby from your Pin* ----

Notes

August - September 1885:  At the top of page 1, Fields has penciled: "Madame Sands" in green. Notes that may also be by Fields are in black: "P. 51" and "Dec. 1889." The page number refers to her 1911 collection, Letters of Sarah Orne Jewett.
     In her 1911 volume, Fields gives a complete date: "Thursday night, 4 December, 1889.  At the end of the letter, Jewett mentions the extraordinary blooming of her hollyhocks, which would occur in middle-to-late summer.  The very latest date of this letter then, would be before frost in 1885, probably September.
    As the opening page of the letter is missing, there is no confirmation that Jewett actually wrote this date. December 4 fell on Wednesday in 1889. 4 December fell on a Friday in 1885, on a Thursday in 1884, but clearly this letter could not be from 1884. 
    "An Only Son" appeared in Atlantic Monthly in November 1883, "The Dulham Ladies" in April 1886, and "A Gray Man" first appeared in A White Heron in 1886. The story of a runaway husband mentioned as not yet complete probably is "Marsh Rosemary," which appeared in Atlantic in May 1886.
    Finally, Jewett mentions a Century article that first appeared in the August 1885 issue.  The letter must have been composed after August of 1885.
   
pleasure
--):  The parenthesis marks are penciled by Fields, and a line has been drawn from the "Madame Sands" note at the top and the second parenthesis mark. 
    At the beginning of the next sentence, Fields has inserted between Her and mother "Madame S's."
    Presumably, she refers to French author, George Sand (1804-1876). Jewett probably has been reading Story of My Life (1854-55). Sand's father had an aristocratic background, but mother, Sophie-Victoire Delaborde, according to Wikipeida, was a commoner.

Dickens:  British novelist, Charles Dickens (1812-1870).

unites:  Fields transcribed this word as "writes," but it seems clear that Jewett wrote "unites."
    Near the end of "The Poet," Emerson says:  "He hears a voice, he sees a beckoning. Then he is apprised, with wonder, what herds of daemons hem him in. He can no more rest; he says, with the old painter, 'By God, it is in me, and must go forth of me.' He pursues a beauty, half seen, which flies before him. The poet pours out verses in every solitude. Most of the things he says are conventional, no doubt; but by and by he says something which is original and beautiful. That charms him. He would say nothing else but such things. In our way of talking, we say, 'That is yours, this is mine;' but the poet knows well that it is not his; that it is as strange and beautiful to him as to you; he would fain hear the like eloquence at length."

Mrs. Burnett: Jewett was well acquainted with poet James Russell Lowell's daughter, Mabel Lowell Burnett -- See Correspondents.  Therefore, it seems like that here she refers to Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924), a British writer who spend a number of years in the United States, whom Jewett may have met in Washington, DC.

Mme Bentzon: Marie Thérèse de Solms Blanc, who wrote under this pen-name. See Correspondents.

Fuff:  A nickname for Annie Adams Fields. See Correspondents.

Marigold: A nickname for Mary Langdon Greenwood (Mrs. James) Lodge.  See Correspondents.

Pin: Pinny Lawson (Pinny / Pin) was an affectionate nickname for Jewett, used by her and Annie Fields. See Correspondents.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library of Harvard University. Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909. Annie Fields (Adams) 1834-1915, recipient. 194 letters; 1877-1909 & [n.d.] Sarah Orne Jewett correspondence, 1861-1930. MS Am 1743 (255). Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.


Annie Fields Transcription

Annie Fields includes passages from this letter in Letters of Sarah Orne Jewett (1911), p. 51.  They are folded in with passages from other letters. Only the final 2 paragraphs below actually belong with the above letter.


Thursday night, 4 December, 1889

     Such a day! -- the weather could not be resisted, and I went to York -- you would have truly loved it, for I never knew more delicious weather, as bright and sweet as Indian summer, only more bracing. I had my luncheon out of doors and sat afterward in an old boat on the pebbles and watched the great waves of a high tide. I could not bear to come away. You never saw anything more beautiful than that great stretch of shore, and the misty sea, and the gulls, so lonely, so full, and so friendly, somehow. I went chiefly for the sake of seeing my old friend, and found her in a mood that matched the day, all her wildness and strangeness of last summer quite gone, and a sweet pathos and remembrance come in their stead. She was so glad to see me, that my heart cries to think of her. She said once, "I want you to thank your mother for bringing you into the world, you have been such a pleasure to me." -- And then I must go to her closets and find her best cap, and a new double gown, and a better shoulder-shawl, and help her put them on because I had come! She has grown so thin and small, as if she were slowly turning into a fairy, and it was so sweet to see her less troubled, though she remembered perfectly the last time I was there, broken as she seemed to me then. The sunshine filled the quaint old room and we had a delightful long talk, though once in a while she would be a little bewildered, and tell me over and over again about her sister's death. "I lay down beside her," she would say, "and I thought she seemed very cold, but I put my arms round her"; and then she would cry, and I would talk about something else, until in a minute or two she would be smiling again through her sad old tears. As long as I could see the house, she was standing at her chamber window and waving her handkerchief to me, and I promised to go down again the first time I came home. She seems very feeble. I had a strong feeling that I should not see her again. I must tell you that she said with strange emphasis, "I have seen Betsey,* she came one night and stood beside my bed; it shocked me a good deal, but I saw her, and one of my brothers came with her." As she told me this I believed it was the truth, and no delusion of her unsteady brain. I ought not to write any more, but somehow there is a great deal to tell you.

     This morning I was out, taking a drive about town with John and I saw such a coast from way up the long hillside down to the tavern garden, and directly afterward down in the village I beheld Stubby* faring along with his sled, which is about as large as a postage-stamp. So I borryed it, as you say, and was driven up to the top of the hill street and down I slid over that pound-cake frosting of a coast most splendid, and meekly went back to the village and returned the sled. Then an hour later in bursts Stubby, with shining morning face: "There were two fellows that said Aunt Sarah was the boss, she went down side-saddle over the hill just like the rest of the boys!"

     I have been reading Christopher North's "Genius and Character of Burns"--father's old Wiley and Putnam copy* with such delight, and this evening I got down the poems and longed to have them with you. We don't read Burns half enough, do we? And when I read again the eloquence of the Wilson book,* I wondered at that dull placidity that was lately printed in the "Atlantic," yet I was most grateful to it for freshening my thought of the big Scotsman. Do let us read bits of the Burns together some time, just for the bigness of his affection and praise.

     I wrote until after dark this afternoon, and then went out to walk in the early moonlight, down the street by the Academy, and even up on the hill back of the Academy itself.* There was a great grey cloud in the west, but all the rest of the sky was clear, and it was very beautiful. When one goes out of doors and wanders about alone at such a time, how wonderfully one becomes part of nature, like an atom of quick-silver against a great mass. I hardly keep my separate consciousness, but go on and on until the mood has spent itself.*

     Madame Sand's mother is astray out of a Dickens book, but I don't know which one. I wish I knew that kind of people well enough to write about them; they are dreadfully interesting sometimes. Today I am plunged into the depths of the rural districts, and this promised to be one of my dear country stories like the "Only Son." Good heavens! what a wonderful kind of chemistry it is that evolves all the details of a story and writes them presently in one flash of time! For two weeks I have been noticing a certain string of things and having hints of character, etc., and day before yesterday the plan of the story comes into my mind, and in half an hour I have put all the little words and ways into their places and can read it off to myself like print. Who does it? for I grow more and more sure that I don't!

     I am going to grapple with the difficulty of a run-away husband. I wish I could tell you all about it, but I mean to have it done in two or three days. I ought to be preparing the "Dulham Ladies" and "A Gray Man" for "the press," but it is better to get hold of this new one while I can. I send you a "Century." Do read the Virginia girl's paper about the war. We have often heard bits of talk that match it, but those pathetic days have never been more truthfully and delicately written down.

Notes for these paragraphs
   
Betsey .... Stubby:  Stubby is Jewett's nephew Theodore Eastman  (4 August 1879 - 9 March 1931).  Betsey almost certainly is Elizabeth Barrell (c. 1799 - November 12, 1883), and Jewett is speaking of visiting Mary Barrell (c. 1804 - June 6, 1889), who lived in what is now the Sayward-Wheeler House in York Harbor, ME. for much of the 19th century.

Christopher North's "Genius and Character of Burns"--father's old Wiley and Putnam copy ... the Wilson book: Robert Burns (1759-1796), famous Scots poet. John Wilson (1785-1854) wrote under the name of Christopher North. Wilson's The Genius, and Character of Burns was published by Wiley and Putnam in 1845.

the Academy: The Berwick Academy in South Berwick, Maine. See "The Old Town of Berwick," for information and illustrations.

the mood had spent itself: see the opening of R. W. Emerson's, "Nature."



Maine Women Writers Collection Transcription

This transcription of seemingly the same letter includes Jewett's paragraph on the chemistry of story-writing, but it opens with a paragraph that has not yet been discovered elsewhere. Perhaps it comes from an earlier missing page?

This text is from transcriptions from mixed repositories in the Maine Women Writer's Collection, University of New England, Letters from Sarah Orne Jewett, 1875-1890, Folder 73, Burton Trafton Jewett Research Collection. For more information about the individual transcription, contact the Maine Women Writers Collection.  Preparation by Linda Heller.  Notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.

            I have been reading and writing this rainy morning and look forward to a blessed long afternoon.  I would sell my mornings cheap for all the good I or any body else even gets out of them.  It is a great pity to lose so much of the day.  I used to like to sit up half the night but I am getting to be a sleepyhead like you, and so I have come unto a land in which it seemed always afternoon.  Such a good letter from Carrie* this morning………….

 
Notes for this fragment

A typewritten note on this transcription reads: (before Oct. 1891). The ellipses indicate a partial transcription.

Carrie: Caroline Jewett Eastman.  See Correspondents.



609-610 reverse order

SOJ to Annie Adams Fields


[ Summer 1885 ]*


[ A fragment with missing material at the beginning ]

[ I have been down to York ]* and I even found time for a little call upon Miss Mary Barrell* -- She was at tea and seemed to consider the [ two deleted words ] usual contribution of peppermints as desirable as at any other time -- She told me that General Armstrong* had been there lately and she had a beautiful call from him -- I think they told me that he came over from the Shoals* but I did not understand when it was -- Poor Miss Mary

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still lives upstairs [ and corrected ] looked rather feeble in this wilting weather, but I think she is pretty well on the whole. ( -- Dear Fuff* did you send a mysterious tongue which came today? I know you did dear darling, and I think you ever so much. I was going to send but we didn't need it when I first came and now Mr. & Mrs. Furber* are coming ^ [ deleted or written over word ] tomorrow p -- ^ to finish their visit -- I shall get more out of him about my normans.*  Good-night dear -- I am going )

[ Manuscript breaks off.  No signature. ]


Notes

Summer 1885:  This letter almost certainly was composed at the time Jewett was researching and writing her popular history, The Story of the Normans (1887). While this letter could have been composed in 1886, by that summer Jewett was far into her work on The Story of the Normans and less likely to be querying relatives about their ideas as she reports planning in this letter.

to York ]:  Clause in brackets has been penciled at the top of the page by Fields.  She also has deleted "even" in the opening line. Parenthesis marks in this manuscript were penciled by Fields.

Miss Mary Barrell:  One of the Barrell sisters, spinster friends of the Jewett family. See Paula Blanchard, Sarah Orne Jewett, especially p. 223.  Mary (c. 1804 - June 6, 1889) and Elizabeth Barrell (c. 1799 - November 12, 1883) lived in what is now the Sayward-Wheeler House in York Harbor, ME. for much of the 19th century.  See also James Henry Stark, The Loyalists of Massachusetts and the Other Side of the American Revolution.

General Armstrong: This probably is  Samuel Chapman Armstrong. See Correspondents.

the Shoals:  The Isles of the Shoals, near Portsmouth, NH.

Fuff:  Nickname for Annie Adams Fields. See Correspondents.

Mr. & Mrs. Furber: See Cynthia Elvira Irwin Furber in Correspondents.

my normans:  Jewett's The Story of the Normans (1887).

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library of Harvard University. Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909. Annie Fields (Adams) 1834-1915, recipient. 194 letters; 1877-1909 & [n.d.] Sarah Orne Jewett correspondence, 1861-1930. MS Am 1743 (255). Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Lilian Woodman Aldrich

Friday morning
 
[ Summer 1885 ]

My dear Lilian

    I think about you so often, but I have hoped you were a great deal better all this time [ than corrected ] A. F.* says you have really been. I think you had better try some Berwick air since even Ponkapog hasn't done any better for you. How glad I should be to have you here! I wish we could manage

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[it blotted ] by and by -- You would dare to "up and say" you were coming wouldn't you? -- (Please excuse these [ blot ] two blots which were caused by my stopping to break a piece of maple sugar in two with a loaded pen in hand!)

    I am ever so much better and for the first time in several years I have not been making up a story so I have an astonishing amount of interest and energy

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to spend on other things.  I poke about in the garden or tinker in the house all day and have a beautiful time.  I read part of a book today for fear I shall forget my letters altogether I have so completely forsaken literature.  I want to see A.F. dreadfully but I can think of last winter and of pavements and city walls and brick chimneys in long rows without a sigh.  I shall have to go to town next week, (the

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the very last of it) because I must go to a wedding, and then I am going to be moved down to Manchester and stay ten days or a fortnight until somebody else comes and the dear mistress of the gambrel house will not be left alone.  I dont wonder that she is lonelier there than at home in Boston, but I couldn't bear to think of her spending even part of this summer in town.

    ---- I have kept the missing Tamerlane* in my mind constantly and I

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have not exhausted the possible hiding-places yet.  I have pulled over the books in this house pretty well and made some rewarding discoveries. Many of the volumes I hadn't taken into my hands for a great while.  Father had a great quantity of paper covered literature of a most professional sort, and these we never gave away so they have been collecting dust diligently and needed overhauling -- I

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felt sometimes as if I were Nan in the Country Doctor* but usually like my own self who was being constantly reminded of very dear old days when I used to drive about with Father over the hills and down the river roads.  I suppose some of these old French and English books would make any doctor happy but I find so many notes and so many traces of their best reader that I

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mean to keep [ all corrected ] that are left{.} Father was always giving his books away and lending them and never getting them back while he was here -- so there aren't enough to be any trouble now, even if one never looked at them.

    Isn't it fun about the Marsh Island* which seems to be doing better than any of my books so far? I shall begin to show signs of [ deleted letters ] unwonted prosperity before long.  I thought I might need another horse

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this year but Sheila is so well and perky that she seems quite colt-like and sometimes I can hardly hold her. This fall when I bring her to Manchester I mean to drive up to Lynn and let you make her acquaintance.

    Goodnight dear, do get well faster to please your most affectionate "Sadie"* if for no other reason.


Notes

1885: While it is possible that this letter was composed in the summer of 1886, it seems more likely that Jewett is reporting on sales and on reviews of A Marsh Island as they began to appear in May and June of 1885.

A.F.: Annie Adams Fields. See Correspondents.

Tamerlane: It seems probable that Jewett has borrowed from T. B. Aldrich a copy Tamarlane and Other Poems (1827), the first book by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), probably the then new 1884 edition by Richard Herne Shepherd.

the Country Doctor:  Jewett's novel, A Country Doctor (1884).

the Marsh Island:  Jewett's novel, A Marsh Island was serialized in Atlantic Monthly, January to June 1885, after which the novel was released as a book.

"Sadie":  Sadie Martinot was a Jewett nickname with the Aldriches, presumably after the American actress and singer, Sarah/Sadie Martinot. See Correspondents.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Thomas Bailey Aldrich Papers, 119 letters of Thomas Bailey and Lilian Woodman Aldrich, 1837-1926. MS Am 1429 (117). Transcribed and annotated by Terry Heller, Coe College.
    At the bottom left of page one, in another hand, is a circled number: 2726.  The same mark is repeated bottom left on p. 5.



SOJ to Louisa Loring Dresel

South Berwick
9th of September
[ 1885 ]*


My dear Loulie

    What a dear, nice long letter! -- and how it has brought me a whiff of real mountain air!  I must send a word of thanks to you right away, but I  hope to hear more about your good times soon, as I am going back to Manchester

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in a very few days.  My sister Mary* and I mean to drive up as we did last year and if Friday morning promises good weather we shall start on Friday, or else the first of the week.

    I meant to write you while you were away and indeed I sent many loving thoughts

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after you and fairly 'wished' you into getting better!  but we have had a succession of guests coming by twos and threes (and odd ones who didn't match,) and I have found it hard to do much writing these last few weeks.

    Do give my dear love to your mother.  I hope that she is better too.  I wish

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I had been with you on 'the spree' -- What joy to see the naughty tourists on the front seat getting soaked through! or to feel them, though you were wet too.

    -- I have taken great pleasure in the stormy little picture you gave me.  I like it better and better for there is an increasing proportion of me that likes just that sort of weather.

Yours affectionately
S. O. J.   


Notes

1885:  This date has been added in another hand and different ink to the top left corner of page 1.  I have chosen to accept it, though the rationale is unknown.

Mary:  Mary Rice Jewett.  See Correspondents.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Columbia University (New York) Library in Special Collections, Jewett.  Transcription from a microfilm copy and annotation by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Thomas Bailey Aldrich

South Berwick

10 September [ 1885 ]*

Dear Mr. T.B.A.

    Here is Mifs Thomas's poem.*  I like it better than ever because it brings back the June weather when she sent it to me. Yes -- I perfectly understand what you say about our dear friend. I think she is more conscious herself about the half poems that get written down.  She has spoken sadly enough of them this very summer but writing is her most intense pleasure as it must be to every one from whose inmost heart it comes!

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    -- I asked her if she should not print the poem of which I told you (for it seemed to 'sing' in a most lovely way,) but she said that she thought not. She didn't think it was one to be printed exactly. This was long before I wrote you. I dont know why she wished to keep it all to herself but she evidently read a great many things between the few lines -- And then there was another one about her own childhood which I fairly loved and I mean that you should see both some day. It is only that I like to have her think

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that I keep her secrets small and great! that I thought of your asking her 'out of clear sky' what she has been doing -- And I dont believe she would think of you first and foremost as the Atlantic Monthly for whatever month it might happen to be at the time !! Yet of course it is hard for you to separate yourself from all that, or that, or rather, to believe that some body who could supply 'material' can separate you. -- I shall turn into a cheap penholder before long -- I am beginning my Norman history* and so far I like

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the work of it every so much. Either tomorrow or Monday my sister Mary* and I are going to start for Manchester [driving corrected ] ^(Sheila)^* ourselves as we did last year with cheerful independence of the Eastern Railroad. I think I shall drive to Boston from Manchester if I like the weather next week -- and then I shall call at 4 Park St.* and perhaps at Ponkapog which [ deleted word ] is a good inspiration to follow! Please forgive such a long letter. Dont let Miss Fxxxxxx* see you reading it in office hours !!  With love to Lilian*

Yours sincerely, Sadie*


Notes

1885: Or maybe 84; see whether I can get more definite with other notes.

Mifs Thomas: Probably this is Edith M. Thomas (1854-1925).  Richard Cary says she impressed Jewett's friend and correspondent, Helen Hunt Jackson "when she called on her in a New York hotel with a scrapbook of unpublished verses. Mrs. Jackson's personal persuasion was responsible for the publication of some of these." After Jackson's death in August 1885, it may be that she corresponded with Jewett.

Norman history: Jewett probably began work on her popular history, The Story of the Normans (1887) in 1884, but did not complete it until late in 1886.

Mary: Mary Rice Jewett. See Correspondents.

Sheila: Jewett's first personally owned horse.

4 Park St.: 4 Park Street in Boston was the address of publisher Houghton, Mifflin and of Atlantic Monthly.

Miss Fxxxxxx: Richard Cary write: "Susan Moore Francis (1839-1919), graceful essayist and book reviewer, came to the Atlantic as editorial assistant during the incumbency of James T. Fields and served the five succeeding editors in similar capacity. Reputed to have an uncanny flair for judging manuscripts, she is credited with suggesting to Fields that he invite Bret Harte to contribute to the Atlantic, but she is also said to have turned down David Harum because it was 'vulgar'."

Lilian: Lilian Woodman Aldrich. See Correspondents.
 
Sadie:  Sadie Martinot was a Jewett nickname with the Aldriches, presumably after the American actress and singer, Sarah/Sadie Martinot. See Correspondents.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Thomas Baily Aldrich Papers, 119 letters of Thomas Bailey and Lilian Woodman Aldrich, 1837-1926. MS Am 1429 (117). Transcribed and annotated by Terry Heller, Coe College.
    At the bottom left of page one, in another hand, is a circled number: 2679.



SOJ to Lilian Woodman Aldrich


South Berwick
Saturday [ Autumn 1885 ]
My dear Lilian

    I am so glad that you are at home again -- and I dont stop to think much about your having lost your Russian journey in my selfish pleasure. Somehow I have missed you this summer more than I ever did before, and I had a haunting fear that

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something was going to happen to you -- perhaps because you were low in your mind about going away.  What a presentiment of note it would have been if it had come true, for I dont know when I have been more miserable at the thought of anybody's crossing the sea! And now for a good while to come I shall have no fear

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of any presentiment whatever.

--    I have had a very quiet summer, but the busiest one that ever was for I was anxious to get my new story done.  A.F.* was pleased with the beginning of it but ^I^ am in a great hurry to see if the rest will do --  I think I must be within a hundred pages of the end now, and that seems very near.  I must say

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that I dont wish to undertake two long stories in one year again, but I have taken great pleasure in this after all -- I am not going to write a long letter because I hope to see you very soon, for a few minutes at any rate.  I have been sure [ deleted word ] all summer long that the first time I went to Boston I should go to see the Deer Cove household,* but I have not been [ if or on ? ] the Eastern Railroad since I last [saw corrected from say? ]

[ Up the left margin and then down across the top margin of page 1 ]

you as I came home.  Give my love to the Duke* and all the Deer Cove company -- And believe that I am more than ever your loving

"Sadie"*


Notes

Autumn 1885:  This date is based upon Jewett writing that she is completing her second long story in a single year.  The only 12-month period in which this could have happened was 1884-5, when she published A Country Doctor (1884) and A Marsh Island (1885).  If this dating is correct, it would appear the she may have finished the latter novel before it began serially in The Atlantic in January 1885.

A.F.:  Annie Adams Fields. See Correspondents.

Deer Cove: The Aldrich farm at Ponkapog stood near Deer Cove, northeast of Boston.

Duke:  Among their close friends, the Aldriches were nicknamed the Duke and Duchess of Ponkapog.  See Correspondents.

Sadie:  One of Jewett's nicknames.  With the Aldriches, this would have been Sadie Martinot, after the actress of that name. See Correspondents.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Thomas Baily Aldrich Papers, 119 letters of Thomas Bailey and Lilian Woodman Aldrich, 1837-1926. MS Am 1429 (117). Transcribed and annotated by Terry Heller, Coe College.
    At the bottom left of page one, in another hand, is a circled number: 2685.



SOJ to Alice Mary Longfellow

Manchester
Tuesday afternoon
[ October 20, 1885]*


My dear Alice

        I have thought of you so often these days since the wedding* was over, and I think I must write a little letter, though to be sure there is not much news to tell!  I wish you could have seen the beauty of this part of the country in the last week or two.  We feel

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dreadfully at having to leave Manchester!  We have been driving and walking all up and down the coast and have made several excursions inland to Wenham and Essex and Danvers.  I wish you had been with us one day at Ipswich Neck* -- a great deal more wonderful and beautiful sand-heap than Coffin's Beach* even -- Someday we must go there.

    I drove up from Berwick

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with my own particular 'Sheila'* and on this next Thursday we are going back and the little gig will have a deck-load of wraps and bags, and Sheila's own garments for the night, that it can hardly carry without spilling over!  I ought to have had some sort of a hold built under the gig long ago, but Mrs. Fields* has made the same journey once before and knows well what to expect -- -- I am so glad that the wedding "went off"

[Bottom right corner of page 3 in another hand:  LONG 18653]

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so charmingly -- here came Mrs. Fields just [now written over then ?] to send you her dear love and say how much she enjoyed it.  I went to town with her and we stayed over night at the house and altogether it was quite a gay frolic.  I was so eager to hear all about it, and it was very pleasant starting her off.  I am so glad that she seems better in every way than she was two years or even a year ago -- and that it no longer gives her such unbearable pain to see her old friends and be reminded of the

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old days* -- Time is a great healer, but how we resent the thought of our sorrow ever growing less when we are young, and then grow more and more grateful for such help as time brings, as we grow older! --

    I am so often reminded of Carlyle's saying "The only happiness men ought to ask for, is happiness enough to get their work done!"*

    There's nothing like it after all, however pleasant it is to be amused or entertained -- and indeed the sense of work done is the only thing that makes holidays

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worth having -- That reminds me of your weeks in the woods.  I was so glad to hear that you had such a successful time.  I am sure it must have rested you through and through.

    I have had more time out of doors this fall than for a long time before, and I am very eager now to begin my winter's work.  I have finished some sketches lately and I am just in the middle of another which deals (imperfectly!) with

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the coast of Maine -- and is to be called The King of Folly Island -- a Marsh Island plot,* though in quite a different key --

    We have been reading the Life of Agassiz* aloud with perfect delight.  Dont you think it is beautifully done?  I cant begin to say what an inspiriting book it is to me.  I believe I shall write my Norman book* better for having read it first now.

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    -- I did not mean to write such a long letter but somehow it has written itself.  Don't think you owe it an answer for I know very well how many [letters corrected] you have to write and by and by when I go to town we shall "play together" I hope, and carry out some of the plans that were made last year.  Mrs. Fields is  hoping to see you when she gets back (after a few days in Berwick) --  Good-by dear girl -- believe that I am yours always lovingly    S.O.J.


Notes

October 20, 1885:  This date is speculative, based upon the mention of the wedding, presumably, of Anne Allegra Longfellow.  See the following notes.

the wedding
:  Probably, Jewett refers to the wedding of Alice's younger sister, Anne Allegra Longfellow (1855-1931), to Joseph Gilbert Thorp (1852-1931) on 14 October 1885.

Wenham and Essex and Danvers ... Ipswich Neck:  These towns all are in Essex County in northeast Massachusetts; however the exact location of Ipswich Neck in relation to the village is not yet known.  Assistance is welcome.

Coffin's BeachWikipedia notes: "Wingaersheek Beach is a 0.6-mile ... long beach located on the Annisquam River in West Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States.... The beach was alternatively called Coffins Beach for Peter Coffin whose farm was located alongside this beach."

'Sheila':  Jewett's horse.

Mrs. Fields:  Annie Adams Fields.  See Correspondents.

reminded of the old days:  James T. Fields, husband of Annie Adams Fields, died 24 April 1881.  Visiting with old friends such as Alice Longfellow apparently still reminds Fields of her loss.

Carlyle's saying:  Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) expresses this general idea in several of his works, including `Characteristics (1831) and Sartor Resartus (1833). The passage to which Jewett refers is most likely Past and Present (1843) III,iv.

The King of Folly Island -- a Marsh Island plot:  Jewett's "The King of Folly Island" was published in Harper's Magazine (74:102-116), December 1886.  Her novel, A Marsh Island, was serialized in Atlantic Monthly and appeared in book form in 1885.

Life of Agassiz:  It is likely Jewett and Fields are reading Burt G. Wilder's The Life of Agassiz (1885).

my Norman book:  Jewett's The Story of the Normans (1887) appeared at the end of 1886.

The manuscript of this letter is held in the archives of Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters NHS; Correspondence of Sarah Orne Jewett.  HWLD-B139-F94 nd Sarah Orne Jewett to AML 002.  Transcription and annotation by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Lilian Woodman Aldrich

Thursday morning
[ 1885 ]*

[ Begin letterhead ]

148. Charles Street.
                Boston.

[ End letterhead ]

Dear Lilian

    If ever I thought I "stood to my guns" it was day before yesterday afternoon! and I was quite crestfallen to think you suspected all the time that I had a secret about the plays too! It would have been so much nicer to tell you, but it was a childish Sadie* who had to give herself time and come home & tell T.L.* -- She

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had so much sympathy with both places you see! --

    Mrs. Fields wants me to tell you that going down to the charity building with poor little Mrs. Abbott* very much in her mind and heart she found Mr. Fay there who knows about Mr. Ives's affairs, and he told her that Mr. Ives had his life insured for a large amount in his childrens favour. One of the sons

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is doing well in business for himself and can probably help his sister beside letting her have his share of the money that is left.  So it isn't quite so cruelly hard for her as we feared -- but hard enough at any rate. I have thought so much about her.  If you are writing to her do send my love and sympathy ----

    Yesterday afternoon I went down to see Whittier* and had such a pleasant piece

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of an afternoon -- It was pouring in torrents and I think he was glad to have company.

    -- Good-bye -- and I shall be so glad to see you Sunday night.

Yours always lovingly

S. O. J.       

Notes

1885: This date in brackets appears in the upper right corner of page 1, penciled in another hand.  No rationale for this choice is given.  In any case, the letter would have to be composed between about 1883, when Jewett began staying regularly with Annie Fields on Charles Street and 1892, when Whittier died.  See notes below.

Sadie: Sadie Martinot, after the American actress of that name, was a nickname for Jewett with the Aldriches. See Correspondents.

T. L.: Nickname for Annie Fields. See Correspondents.

Mrs. Abbott: Mr. Fay may be Franklin Brigham Fay (1821-1904), a Massachusetts businessman and politician who served as the mayor Chelsea, MA.  The other persons named in this passage, Mrs. Abbott and Mr. Ives, have not yet been identified.
    Among Fields's acquaintances was the Jane Williams Bourne Abbott (1810-1896), widow of Rev. John Stevens Cabot Abbott (1805–77).

Whittier:  John Greenleaf Whittier. See Correspondents.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Thomas Baily Aldrich Papers, 119 letters of Thomas Bailey and Lilian Woodman Aldrich, 1837-1926. MS Am 1429 (117). Transcribed and annotated by Terry Heller, Coe College.
    At the bottom left of page one, in another hand, is a circled number: 2702.




SOJ to Eben Norton Horsford
 
148 Charles St.,

 Wednesday morning [Fall ]*

Dear Prof. Horsford

Your letter has found me here but I am afraid I must give up the pleasure of seeing you as I go away in the morning. This is only a little visit! but I am coming back before Christmas. What you say about the meaning Newickawannock is exactly right, and next summer you must come and see the high place between the two rivers for yourself:* it is a most beautiful bit of land and as I walked along an old river-path a few days ago, before the snow came I saw an Indian path leading down to the water! I have always known that there was a famous town of Indians on the sandy upland there, but I never found an arrowhead and never saw one that anybody else found. They were all fishermen I don't doubt!
With love to all

-- your affectionately

    Sarah O. Jewett

Notes

fall:  Willoughby places this letter between the 1884 and 1886 letters in his collection.

Newickawannock
:  In her essay, "The Old Town of Berwick" (1894), Jewett says: 
The records say that Pring could find no inhabitants in the Indian villages near the coast, except a few old people, from whom he learned that they had all gone up the river to their chief fishing place. So he followed them at flood tide for a dozen miles or more, finding little wealth of sassafras, but discovering a magnificent wooded country and the noble river itself, with its many tributaries and its great bay. The main branch of the Piscataqua (river of right angles or the great deer drive, as one may choose to interpret it) would lead him to Newichawannock Falls (my place of wigwams), and to Quampeagan (the great fishing place). No doubt there were those who could direct him to this point, for, being in June, it was the time of the salmon fishery at the Newichawannock Falls, to which place all the Indians came to catch and dry their fish for winter use. It was the great fishery for all that part of the country.

According to transcriber John W. Willoughby, the manuscript of this letter is in the possession of the family of Andrew Fiske, Eben Norton Horsford's great-grandson, "heir to Sylvester Manor, Horsford's Shelter Island estate, who graciously offered to share with the public the letters from Sarah Orne Jewett and Annie Fields to Eben Norton Horsford and his family."  This letter was published in John W. Willoughby, "Sarah Orne Jewett and Her Shelter Island: Letters of Sarah Orne Jewett and Annie Fields to Eben Norton Horsford,"  Confrontation (Long Island University) 8 (1974): 72-86.  Annotated by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Annie Adams Fields

Tuesday evening

[ November 1885 ]*



My dear little Fuff*

    This has been a hardworking Pinny,* but a getting-along-one! I wish I could be sent to school over again for I never was more conscious that I dont know how to study.* Of course a certain [ amount corrected ] of this reading must be committed to memory, else I have to go back again and again to get things straight -- ---- The box you sent me by mail held the little sketches by Edith Thomas* -- a 'touching' thing enough! pretty bad in

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one way but oh so good! in another -- so full of feeling and exquisitely drawn -- It is a little plain house in the dawn of an autumn morning and I look up at it again and again -- I want you to see it very much -- (I am afraid its faults will shock you, but it is so full of thought) By the way, have you seen the last Century yet for November with her lovely sonnet called Migration?* There is a thing worth doing, for us! ( I was much

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amused by the report of your fray (with Mr. Herford* -- ) I am afraid that Liberal Christianity wont be much the better for such [ patronage corrected ] {.} Why cant people help the world to be Christian first, and let the special variety alone the till that's done? -- There is a great wind blowing tonight, and the river is so high that it jars the whole country-side -- I have been out twice today but not very far -- for I couldn't get the time somehow.

    (It was funny that you should

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have sent me Mrs. Crosland's* letter again, for I wished after I had sent it back that I had read it over -- What makes thee stir up thy friend* ^to come^ just yet? at any rate until after you have been to New York. I dont know why I say that either except that I think you have more to carry just now in getting started 'as it were' -- How good about Mr. Haweis !!* a first chop Fuffy, and I hope a first chop meeting too. I send more love than ever dear Fuff to make up for this dull letter --

Your own Pinny -- )

[ Up the left margin and then across the top margin of page 1 ]

Mary* is going to Exeter tomorrow for a few days{.} Yes. I will send the Dulham Ladies* to Linnet,* or rather keep it for him because I cant dally with [ them ? ] just now. I read them yesterday and loved them more than ever.))

[ Up the left margin and then across the top margin of page 4 ]

(I sent Edith Thomas some more coca and another remedy beside -- Isn't it good she is better?

    If it isn't too much trouble I should like to see the dress too, dear. Mother would be much pleasured. Could it be put in the (little basket perhaps{?}


Notes

November 1885:  In the upper right of page 1, Fields has entered the note, "188".   The November 1885 date is confirmed by Jewett mentioned the current November issue of Century magazine and by her drafting "The Dulham Ladies," which was published in April 1886.
    Parenthesis marks in this manuscript were penciled by Fields.

Fuff:  Nickname for Annie Adams Fields. See Correspondents.

Pinny:  Pinny Lawson (Pinny / Pin) was an affectionate nickname for Jewett, used by her and Annie Fields. See Correspondents.

study:  Probably, Jewett refers to her preparation for writing The Story of the Normans (1887).

Edith Thomas:  American poet Edith M. Thomas (1854-1925).
    Her sonnet, "Migration," appeared in Century Magazine 31 (November 1885), p. 115.

Mr. Herford:  Probably, Jewett refers to Reverend Brooke Herford (1830-1903), who was a British Unitarian minister and author. He immigrated to the United States, serving in Boston after 1881. In 1892, he returned to England to serve at the Rosslyn Hill Chapel in Hampstead.

Mrs. Crosland's: Though this is far from certain, it is possible this is Camilla Dufour Toulmin Crosland (1812-1895), a Brisith writer and translator, notably of Victor Hugo. She published under the name of "Mrs. Crosland."

thy friend:  John Greenleaf Whittier. See Correspondents.

Mr. Haweis:  While this is not certain, it is possible that this is Hugh Reginald Haweis (1838 - 1901), a British cleric and author.  He visited in Boston as Lowell lecturer in 1885.

Mary:  Mary Rice Jewett.  See Correspondents.

Dulham Ladies: Jewett's "The Dulham Ladies" appeared in Atlantic Monthly 57 (April 1886).

Linnet:  Thomas Bailey Aldrich. See Correspondents.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library of Harvard University. Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909. Annie Fields (Adams) 1834-1915, recipient. 194 letters; 1877-1909 & [n.d.] Sarah Orne Jewett correspondence, 1861-1930. MS Am 1743 (255). Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Annie Adams Fields

Sunday afternoon

[ November 1885 ]

My dear darling what a rainy day this is! I hope you are having a good rest and a little fire to keep you warm while you read in the library -- Pinny* to be there in another chair so that she can look over and see her dear Fuff !!* -- I went to church this morning when it was not so wet as it is now, and this afternoon I have been reading The Burning of the Convent* -- if you please! which I had half forgotten. It was so [ nice corrected ] to come to the part about Pearl St. and Dr. A in the

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window of the Athenaeum reading his newspaper. ---- Yesterday I was reading hard all day as indeed I mean to be for a good many days to come. I remind myself constantly how good all this work is in every way -- and now thankful I shall be to have done it when I go to England again -- I shall be able to improve an ignorant [ in every small script mouse's ]* mind and to speak with confidence of battlefields and warriors and be a very profitable companion in short!

    *( I dont know what to think about the twins* -- I am afraid they are imagining a lovely

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country inn instead of a very commonplace one in a village street.  They will be well-fed there and kept warm and clean and of course I will do whatever I can for them -- but that seems to be so little just now in proportion to a twins deserts! You see that if it stopped raining this very moment (and it [shows corrected ] no sign) the roads and fields must surely be sopping wet for a week unless they [ deleted word dry ? ] ^freeze^ up -- and yet perhaps all this state of things will do for them as well as any other -- I should be glad to see them because who would not be glad to see

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twins, that lives and breathes and has her senses? In the mean time here is Alice Longfellow's* letter which points out a charming haven for a little earlier in the season and we must [ remember corrected ] it -- for next year. Perhaps you would like it for awhile and Pinny to go too! -- Dont think I am inhospitable to Mrs. Bell's and Mrs. Pratt's coming for indeed I am not -- only I dont want them to think that Berwick now {is} [ the corrected ] Berwick of a month ago -- Probably they don't care -- they could always have a dry walk toward the top of the hill

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and many other blessings --

    -- Isn't this nice paper? It is a little thin, but delicious to write upon -- Fuffy to have some? ----- So you are going to New York? I didn't see the little word at first and when I found it on the outside as I read the letter again -- I had a great feeling of putting my arms round a little F ---- out in the world by herself in that fashion, but it is a good and beautiful thing for you to do, and I am glad you are going -- Great temptations

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rose up within me, but I remembered that Cora's* visit comes just at that time too -- so I shall put off seeing you until afterward.))

    -- I must stay here as long as I can, but dont you think if I take two or three days just after Thanksgiving it will be very wise?  Then I could see about some Christmas things &c and we could have a little dear time together -- Have you had time to look over Coolidge's bookatee?* I am heartily grateful to her for writing it -- it will be such a help

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to every girl who reads it -- I wish I had it when I was a growing Pinny. It is very sympathetic and natural -- Only I wanted a tender word or two for poor stiff old Aunt Myra up in Connecticut, if she was [ an corrected from and ] old mullein stalk! (She must have missed nice little Cannie dreadfully. I dont know a nicer book to give a child or a growing girl rather --

    Goodbye dear love. Thank you more than ever for your dearness to your own Pinny.)*


Notes

November 1885:  Fields has written this date with a question mark on the top right of page 1.  Almost certainly she is correct, as Jewett reports being hard at work on The Story of the Normans that would appear after the end of 1886 and that she has just read Susan Coolidge's 1885 novel.

Pinny ... Fuff:  Nicknames that Jewett and Fields used with each other. See Correspondents. Jewett uses variations on both as well in this letter.

Burning of the Convent:  Jewett refers to The Burning of the Convent: A Narrative of the Destruction by a Mob of the Ursuline School on Mount Benedict, Charlestown, as Remembered by One of the Pupils (1877) by Louisa Goddard Whitney (1819-1883).  The passage about meeting Dr. A ___ at the Athenaeum appears on pp. 187-8.
    The Athenaeum is an important private library in Boston.

( :  This parenthesis mark is penciled in another hand, presumably that of Annie Fields. There may be two marks, the text being smeared.  Two matching marks appear on page 7, at the end of the first paragraph -- until afterward.))

Mouse:  Mouse is another nickname Jewett uses for Fields.  Jewett is writing about her research reading for The Story of the Normans, a popular history published at the beginning of 1887.

Cora's:  Cora Clark Rice. See Correspondents.

Coolidge's bookatee:  "Bookatee" is a Jewett coinage for a small book.  She refers to Sarah Chauncey Woolsey, who wrote under the name of Susan Coolidge. See Correspondents. Her novel, A Little Country Girl (1885), featured Aunt Myra (aged 69) and Cannie / Candace (aged 9).

Pinny.):  The parentheses around this paragraph were added in pencil, presumably by Annie Fields.

twins: Jewett almost certainly is expecting a visit in South Berwick from the sisters, Helen Olcott Choate Bell and Miriam Foster Choate Pratt. See Correspondents.
    Though they were sisters, they were not twins.

Alice Longfellow's:  Alice Longfellow. See Correspondents.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library of Harvard University. Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909. Annie Fields (Adams) 1834-1915, recipient. 194 letters; 1877-1909 & [n.d.] Sarah Orne Jewett correspondence, 1861-1930. MS Am 1743 (255). Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Francis Jackson Garrison

     South Berwick, Maine
     November 20, [1885]

    Dear Mr. Garrison:

     I have been wishing to thank you for your kind and delightful letter, which brought me real pleasure and a sense of friendly companionship, and for the book, a beautiful memorial to your father.1 The Words are "still vital with spiritual insight" and all the heavenly gifts your preface claims. I had sent it -- or ordered it to be sent -- to David Douglas2 for he always seems to me akin to these things, and to another old friend who lives near Manchester and who will soon have this book by heart, though he followed the maker of it through all the old days. Somehow it gave me a great delight in imagination to follow the two volumes on their way.

     Your letter sounds as if the summer's journey had done you good. It is good to have new things to think of, and such freshening makes one see the old things with new eyes. I hope that it will be long before you get so very tired again; it was too bad!

     When I get to town by and by I shall hope to see you and dear Mrs. Garrison. Tell her that I get very hungry and thirsty sometimes for some music.

     Yours most sincerely,

     Sarah O. Jewett


Notes

     1 With his brother Wendell Phillips Garrison, Francis Jackson wrote William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; The Story of his Life as told by his Children (New York, 1885-1889), 4 vols. Francis also edited The Words of Garrison (Boston, 1905).
     2 David Douglas (1823-1916), of Edinburgh, editor of the Journal of Sir Walter Scott (New York, 1890), and the Familiar Letters of Sir Walter Scott (Boston, 1894). Miss Jewett enjoyed the wholesome domesticity of Douglas' household and made a point of visiting him on her trips abroad.

This letter is edited and annotated by Richard Cary in Sarah Orne Jewett Letters; the ms. is held by Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine.



SOJ to Annie Adams Fields

[ November 1885 ]*

[ This afternoon I copied the whole ]* of the Gray Man* which was  good spin, copying is apt to be so much slower than making up and this was 24 good pages. Then I read Carlyle* and like it dreadfully+* -- it needs much less work than I expected.  If I only had time I should copy all my manuscripts. I think it pays over and over and the best shall have it -- The Gray Man has noble margins, and I should like to put ^it^ into your dear fingers for a blessing before it goes -- I have a great mind to make the Carlyle look very nice and skip them off together -- Why

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Fuffy,* I did not think you would care so much about the verses.* I take it all from your kindness and feel very splendid nevertheless it being so long since I caught one of those mice* -- not that I sit much by the mouse hole!

    -- I am afraid I have let a number of thin ones run away for very laziness! I feel as if earthquakes were impending from what you say -- and have a mingled sense of horror and cheerfulness -- I get quite worried to pieces if I let my mind dwell on the subject, and have a cowardly thankfulness that I am out of it -- though my dear Fuff knows that I am always only too glad [ to be of any use doesn't she? ]*

[ Manuscript breaks off.  No signature ]


Notes

November 1885:  In a letter to Fields almost certainly from 24 November 1885, Jewett writes that "The Gray Man" is nearly ready to be submitted for publication.  This letter probably precedes that one by a short time.

whole: The text in brackets has been inked in at the top of page 1, probably by Fields.

the Gray Man:  Jewett's short story, "The Gray Man" was not accepted for magazine publication.  It appeared for the first time in her collection, A White Heron (1886).

Carlyle: Jewett's fictional account of Scottish author Thomas Carlyle's secret, supposed visit to America was not published in her lifetime.  A transcription of one manuscript appeared in 1982: Rodger Tarr and Carol Anita Clayton.  American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism, and Bibliography (Mar. 1982): 101-15. A new transcription of both known manuscripts appeared in 2015.

dreadfully+:  Fields has inserted the "+".  This points to a note she has inked in at the bottom and then up the left margin of page 1: "+ a paper she had written on Carlyle and later decided not to print."

Fuffy:  Nickname for Annie Adams Fields. See Correspondents.  Fields, with a green pencil, has deleted this word and inserted "dear".

verses: While it is not known what new verses Jewett has shown to Fields, one likely possibility is her narrative poem "York Garrison, 1640," which appeared a few months later, Wide Awake (23: 18-22), June, 1886.

mice:  Jewett probably is playing with another of her nicknames for Fields, Mouse. See Correspondents.

she?: The text in brackets has been inked in at the bottom of page 2, probably by Fields.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library of Harvard University. Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909. Annie Fields (Adams) 1834-1915, recipient. 194 letters; 1877-1909 & [n.d.] Sarah Orne Jewett correspondence, 1861-1930. MS Am 1743 (255). Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Annie Adams Fields

Wednesday evening

[ November 1885 ]*

My dear Fuff*

    (It is so nice to look forward to your letter, and then to really have it -- Every one seems as if it were the very first! -- I have read [ this written over it ] with such pleasure though it was such a dear hurrying little one that I am afraid you are very tired tonight. I think of you at the lecture and I wonder who went too! Pinny* to want to go dreadfully ladies, (on account of going with Fuff! as much as anything) -- -- I found the sonnet, such as it was, and I am going to put a copy of it into this letter with a hope that it will do -- Perhaps you will think that I had better

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leave it out? but [ we written over something or perhaps deleted ] will take a day or two to consider things of that vast importance.  I have finished copying the paper, and having some to the last of it in the middle of this fine afternoon{,} I took a long walk down toward the Hamilton house, though I did not really go so far as that -- and made two calls and stopped at Mrs. Burleigh's* on the way home so she is off my mind, being a personnaggia, (is that the way you spell her?) and to be at least once a year called upon in polite ceremoniousness. The air was lovely, and I devoured a great supper when I came in. I am afraid you did not see what a lovely sunset there was from

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this palazzo -- I seem to be dropping into Italian in this letter! ----

    I had a long chase after the sonnet through bush and briar of desks and other depositories -- The last two lines seem better than ever but all the rest is rather boggy -- Oh Fuff, I wish the balance had been a much bigger one and all on your side at Houghton's!* It will be changed from Mr. Beal for yesterdays always trumps up --* Sometimes the business part of writing grows very noxious to me and I wonder if in heaven our ^best^ thoughts -- poet's thoughts, especially {--} will not be flowers somehow or some sort of beautiful live things

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that stand about and grow, and dont have to be chaffered over and bought and sold -- It seems as bad as selling our fellow beings! but being in this world everything must have a body, and a material part, so covers and leaves and publishing generally (!) come under that head, and is another thing to make us [ deleted words, possibly fly a ] wish to fly away and be at rest!! -- Now what do you think of sending either Marsh Rosemary or the "King" or both to choose from, to a linnet?*  (I am wondering very much what he and his Matilda will think of the Millet's change -- They are sure to be sorry, but we must hope that ) __*

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(Somebody nice will live at 131 and surely since Millet wanted the big house always they cannot think that we ----- But why)*

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should I be fancying an altercation with Linnet''s and Matilda's, -- Tomorrow is the [ sewing-society corrected ] and Pinny to go, being very Berwickish at present and

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scuttling round like a lively crab for fear that snow or colder weather will come and things be left undone -- I had a word from dear Marigold* tonight with the story of the Dog most touchingly put into verse. It gave my heart quite a pull -- even reading it in her writing made it very touching to me. I am

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going to write her -- but not tonight because I must go to work now ---- good night and bless you dear [ love corrected ] from Pin --

    Oh Fuff I always hold you close to my heart in these early November days! I wish I could always spend them with you{.}


Notes

November 1885:  This date is confirmed by Jewett reporting that she has completed "Marsh Rosemary" and "The King of Folly Island" for publication.  Both appeared in 1886.
    Fields has penciled upper right on page one: "November". Near the top right of page three, Fields (probably) has penciled "1890".
    The parenthesis mark at the beginning of the body also was penciled by Fields.

Fuff:  Nickname for Annie Adams Fields. See Correspondents.

Pinny:  Pinny Lawson (Pinny / Pin) was an affectionate nickname for Jewett, used by her and Annie Fields. See Correspondents.

Page 3:  At the top right of this page, someone has written "P. 62". indicating the page number upon which this part of the letter appears in her Letters of Sarah Orne Jewett (1911),
    On p. 63 appears Jewett's poem about meeting Ralph Waldo Emerson, which may be the sonnet that Jewett sent to Fields with this letter.
Right here, where noisiest, narrowest is the street;
Where gaudy shops bedeck the crowded way;
Where idle newsboys in vindictive play
Dart to and fro with venturesome bare feet;
Here, where the bulletins from fort and fleet
Tell gaping readers what's amiss today,
Where sin bedizens, folly makes too gay,
And all are victims of their own conceit;
With these ephemeral insects of an hour
That war and flutter, as they downward float
In some pale sunbeam that the spring has brought,
Where this vain world is revelling in power;
I met great Emerson, serene, remote,
Like one adventuring on seas of thought.
If this is the correct poem, then perhaps Fields has suggested that Jewett include it in a story she was working on at the time, "Carlyle in America."  This sonnet appears in Jewett's manuscript for that story.

Mrs. Burleigh's
: Matilda Buffum Burleigh, a South Berwick neighbor, the widow of a mill owner and Maine congressman. John Holmes Burleigh (1822 - 1877).

Houghton's:  Houghton, Mifflin, Jewett's publisher, and also publisher of Fields's Under the Olive 1881, for which she probably was earning some royalties in 1885.

Mr. Beal ... trumps up:  After this sentence, Fields has penciled a large end parenthesis and inserted "Begin here"; in the right margin she has written "+".  This indicates the beginning of the portion of the letter she included in her collection.
    This Mr. Beal seems to be an employee at Houghton, Mifflin. He has not been further identified.

Marsh Rosemary ... the "King"...a linnet:  The Linnet is Thomas Bailey Aldrich, at this time editor at Atlantic Monthly.  See Correspondents.
    Jewett's "Marsh Rosemary" appeared in Atlantic (57:590-601), May 1886.  "The King of Folly Island" appeared in Harper's Magazine (74:102-116), December 1886

Matilda ... Millet's:  Aldrich seems to have called his wife Matilda. Her full given name was Mary Elizabeth "Lily" Woodman. See Correspondents.
    Josiah Byram Millet (1853-1938) and Emily Adams McCleary (1856-1941).  They were married on 30 Oct 1883 in Boston. They had two daughters: Hilda, Mrs. William Harris Booth (November 1885-1966) and Elizabeth Foster, Mrs. Arthur Graham Carey, (November 1889 - 1955). He was a journalist and publisher, who managed the art department of Houghton, Mifflin and Company before becoming art editor at Scribner's and then beginning his own publishing business. By 1890, they were near neighbors of Fields at 150 Charles Street.  See also Harvard Class of 1877 Secretary's Report, pp. 43-4.
    It appears that in 1885, the Millets moved from a location nearer Aldrich's house at 59 Mount Vernon Street to become a neighbor to Fields.  Jewett indicates the Millets former address was "131."  If she means on Mount Vernon Street, then they were about 0.3 miles west of the Aldrich residence before moving.  Fields's residence was about 0.3 miles north of 131 Mount Vernon.

that ) __:  The parentheses around these sentences were penciled by Fields, and she also seems to have made the line after the end parenthesis.

but why):  Parenthesis marks around this text were penciled by Fields.

Marigold: A nickname for Mary Langdon Greenwood (Mrs. James) Lodge.  See Correspondents.  If her poem about a dog was published, this is not yet known.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library of Harvard University. Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909. Annie Fields (Adams) 1834-1915, recipient. 194 letters; 1877-1909 & [n.d.] Sarah Orne Jewett correspondence, 1861-1930. MS Am 1743 (255). Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.


Annie Fields transcription
A part of this letter appears in Annie Fields, Letters of Sarah Orne Jewett (1911), pp. 62-3.

     Sometimes, the business part of writing grows very noxious to me, and I wonder if in heaven our best thoughts -- poet's thoughts, especially -- will not be flowers, somehow, or some sort of beautiful live things that stand about and grow, and don't have to be chaffed over and bought and sold. It seems as bad as selling our fellow beings, but being in this world everything must have a body, and a material part, so covers and leaves and publishing generally come under that head, and is another thing to make us wish to fly away and be at rest!



SOJ to Annie Adams Fields


Tuesday evening

[ 24 November 1885 ]*

Dear Fuff*

   
(I am* so glad to have you home again. Yes you did leave your little book here and I did not suppose you would want it until I came, so it was not sent. I daresay I should have forgotten it, too, but I will not now. What a dismal day! but it is almost the first very bad one. It has snowed a little here and been chilly and dark, and I have

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felt a little stiff and found it hard to shake off my cold, though it is a good deal better.)

    I have been busy putting The Dulham Ladies* in order, but I really am afraid it is not the thing for the Atlantic. There are funny places in it, and yet with all the good bits it does not make a good whole thing -- I will bring it up and let the Linnet* see it, because I promised, but it will do

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better for the Independent* and I shall say so frankly -- I can give him the Gray man.*

    -- All these last stories lack something. I want to say "Well what of it?" when I finish reading them -- I am ashamed to say that I think I shall get on better another year for why didn't I get on well this year except that last winter's siege took the goodness out of it --

    (Only think of the Millets!* a father and mother and

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a baby! Personally I am very glad she is a girl, but I am sorry if they were disappointed -- How good to hear so much of the Sunday sermon! I really care more about hearing Mr. Brooks* next Sunday than I do Canon Farrar,* so we will be sure to go in the afternoon wont we?

    I wish I could sleep through Thanksgiving Day! but I am going to try to be good -- Good night from tired and bad Pinny but one that loves you. )



Notes

24 November 1885:  While this date is speculative, it almost certainly is correct, as Jewett speaks in the letter of the near approach of Thanksgiving Day in November of 1885.

Fuff:  A nickname for Annie Adams Fields.  See Correspondents.

(I am:  This and all other parenthesis marks in this letter have been penciled in by Fields.

The Dulham Ladies:  Jewett's "The Dulham Ladies"first appeared in Atlantic Monthly (57:455-462) in April 1886,

Linnet: Thomas Bailey Aldrich, editor of Atlantic. See Correspondents.

Independent: Jewett was well acquainted with William Hayes Ward, editor of The Independent, her friend and neighbor in South Berwick. See Correspondents. She published often in this magazine.

Gray man: "A Gray Man" first appeared in A White Heron in 1886. 

Millets: Possibly Jewett speaks of Francis Davis Millet (1848-1912), a Fields neighbor, who was a painter, sculptor and writer and who died aboard the RMS Titanic.  Millet and his wife, Elizabeth Greely Merrill had four children: Edwin Abby (1877-1881), Katherine Field (b. 1880), Laurence Frederick (1884-1945), and John Alfred Parsons (b. 1888).
    However, if this is correct, then their youngest child at this time was Laurence, a boy rather than a girl.

Mr. Brooks: Phillips Brooks. See Correspondents.

Canon FarrarFrederic William Farrar (1831 - 1903) was a cleric of the Church of England (Anglican), schoolteacher and author of children's literature.  He was Canon of Westminster (1876 -1895) and eventually became Dean of Canterbury.  He visited Boston in the autumn of 1885.

Thanksgiving Day:  Thanksgiving fell on 26 November in 1885.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library of Harvard University. Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909. Annie Fields (Adams) 1834-1915, recipient. 194 letters; 1877-1909 & [n.d.] Sarah Orne Jewett correspondence, 1861-1930. MS Am 1743 (255). Transcription and notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Tuesday morning

South Berwick

[ December 1885 ]

Dear M. T. B. A.

    Here is the answer right away! And I shall expect the gray man* home again and love both him and his unkind editor still the same.  As for The King of Folly Island (isn't he a splendid name?) I cant get time this week to put him in good order for printing --

    But saving your presence and T. L.s* did she give you any hint of this work of imagination which I now send you with heartfelt pride? Oddly enough I had

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part of it written before there was anything said about missing letters --

    -- I had this in my bag when I went to Boston last, but it has been slowly coming to its present perfection. I am particularly anxious to keep the authorship ^a^ secret* and I think we can manage it, dont you? Even though my writing is so well known at the Press.

    -- This seems like taking things for granted, but you know I dont really do that and that I am always your affectionate friend

Sadie*


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Dont trouble yourself to send The Gray Man here. I will take it when I come or you can send it to 148 --

    I hope that you will have a delightful Christmas week in New York. I am in a great hurry to take one bite of a cherry!

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Notes

December 1885:  This date is based upon Jewett's mentioning that the Christmas holiday season is near and upon her writing about two of her stories that appeared during 1886, neither, it turns out, in Atlantic Monthly. It is somewhat confusing that Jewett reports to Aldrich on her proofing work on "The King of Folly Island," as it appeared in Harper's.

the gray man:  Jewett's story entitled "The Gray Man" is not known to have appeared in a magazine.  It was first published in A White Heron and Other Stories (September-October 1886).

The King of Folly Island:  Jewett's story, "The King of Folly Island," appeared in Harper's Magazine (74:102-116), December 1886,

T. L.s:  Annie Adams Fields.  See Correspondents.

Page 4: At the top left of this blank page, penciled in another hand appears: 42m-1836.

work of imagination ... secret: Jewett published three stories in Atlantic during 1886: "The Dulham Ladies" in April, "Marsh Rosemary" in May, and "The Two Browns" in August.  None of these was published anonymously.  Jewett is not yet known to have published anything anonymously in 1886.  However, she was a regular in the anonymous Contributors' Club column, and there may be a not yet discovered piece there. Of course, Aldrich simply may not have accepted her submission.

Sadie: Sadie Martinot was a Jewett nickname with the Aldriches, presumably after the American actress and singer, Sarah/Sadie Martinot. See Correspondents.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Thomas Baily Aldrich Papers, 119 letters of Thomas Bailey and Lilian Woodman Aldrich, 1837-1926. MS Am 1429 (117). Transcribed and annotated by Terry Heller, Coe College.
    At the bottom left of page one, in another hand, is a circled number: 2708.



Undated letters possibly from 1885



SOJ to Annie Adams Fields

 

Friday evening
[ 1885 ]*


Dearest Fuff

            This is such a nice long letter from Eva with Compton* messages for you that you must have it all  --  and here is the English letter too, which I forgot this morning.  This afternoon I drove Mother to Dover to do an errand and the rest of the day I have been reading. 

            For one thing I have finished the Buckland life* which is not a very well managed memoir of a most interesting man.  I am so fond of rereading letters from people who know how to write them that it seems a resentable thing that there are almost none in this book.  Only you soon catch the 'go' and excited business of the man and understand that any account of him would only be a fragmentary account of his activity.  He was so public spirited, so determined to do his work that you get a greater enthusiasm constantly as you go on.  I have missed the Spectator this week but I send you the Saturday Review and Punch* . . . . . . . . . .

(Pin)*

 
Notes

1885:  This tentative date is based upon Jewett reporting that she has read "the Buckland life," which -- if she refers to Frank Bucklin -- was published in 1885.
    The ellipsis in the transcription indicates that this is a selection from the manuscript.

Fuff: Nickname for Annie Adams Fields. See Correspondents.

Eva ... Compton:  Eva is likely to be Baroness Eva von Blomberg.   See Correspondents.  Compton probably refers to Little Compton RI, a resort village.

Buckland life:  This seems likely to be Life of Frank Buckland (1885) by George C Bompas.  Francis Trevelyan Buckland (1826 - 1880), "was an English surgeon, zoologist, popular author and natural historian."

Spectator ... Saturday Review and Punch:  These all would be British weekly serial publications at the time of this letter: The Spectator,  The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science, and Art and Punch.

Pin:  Nickname for Sarah Orne Jewett.    See Correspondents. Why the transcriber placed the name in parentheses is not known.

This text is from transcriptions from mixed repositories in the Maine Women Writer's Collection, University of New England, Letters from Sarah Orne Jewett, 1875-1890, Folder 72, Burton Trafton Jewett Research Collection. For more information about the individual transcription, contact the Maine Women Writers Collection.  Preparation by Linda Heller.  Notes by Terry Heller, Coe College.



SOJ to Lilian Woodman Aldrich

Thursday Noon [ 1885 ]

Yes, dear Lilian with the very greatest pleasure.

-- I am getting on so well now and really feel as good as new almost!

-- I [ deleted word ] have ever so many things saved up to talk about -- and I shall be so pleased to see 'Charles.'* I think "Down the Ravine" *

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is her dearest and best story --

Yours ever

Sadie*

Notes

1885: According to Wikipedia, In 1885 Charles Egbert Craddock revealed, first to T. B. Aldrich, that she was Mary Noailles Murfree. This would be the earliest year, then, in which Jewett could have referred to her as female.

'Charles': One of the Aldriches' twins born in 1868; the other was Talbot.

"Down the Ravine"Mary Noailles Murfree (1850 - 1922), an American fiction writer, published under the pen name Charles Egbert Craddock.  Her novel, Down the Ravine, appeared in 1885.

Sadie: One of Jewett's nicknames among her friends.

The manuscript of this letter is held by the Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Thomas Baily Aldrich Papers, 119 letters of Thomas Bailey and Lilian Woodman Aldrich, 1837-1926. MS Am 1429 (117). Transcribed and annotated by Terry Heller, Coe College
    At the bottom left of page one, in another hand, is a circled number: 2656..



Edited by Terry Heller, Coe College.



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