1861-05-20
Annie Adams Fields

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Title

1861-05-20
Annie Adams Fields

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To ANNIE ADAMS FIELDS[1]
May 20, [1861], Wheeling, Virginia

Mrs. Fields

Although your letter requires no reply, forgive me if I acknowledge it. Words so courteous and womanly could not fail to meet the cordiallist of measures, even if their tenor were less pleasant.                        

I am glad that Mr. Fields desires me to remain a contributor to the Atlantic.

I will try and meet his wishes by being more cheerful. Though humor had need to be high and warm as

God’s sunshine to glow cheerily on Virginia soil just now.[2]

Will you add to your former kindness by requesting Mr. Fields to return the last story? I have no copy.   

Very sincerely your friend
R. B. Harding—

 

 


[1] Spouse of James T. Fields and an important literary hostess whose influence with Atlantic Monthly contributors has been widely acknowledged by scholars.

[2] Virginia had seceded from the Union on April 17, 1861.

 

Creator

S. M. Harris

Source

Richard Harding Davis Papers, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia