1863-mid, Annie Adams Fields

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1863-mid, Annie Adams Fields


[April?, 1863], Philadelphia[1]

Dear Annie

I hurry these off in the evening’s mail. I think I did send one to Mr & Mrs Waterston[2] but send one undirected—won’t you find out if I did and repair the omission—if not?

I don’t believe Prof. d’Almeida[3] knew anything about that–nobody does but the hero and heroine—though it is no secret.

No, Mrs. Mott[4] is no relation of ours, only as a woman and a sister.

Half a loaf is better—but this is only a biscuit—isn’t it? Next time I will send you some of my Philadelphia experiences—but this must go at once

Always yours


1. The Davises’ first home in Philadelphia was with Clarke’s sister, Carrie Cooper, at 1429 Girard Avenue.

2. Mrs. and Rev. R. C. Waterston of Boston. The reference is probably to marriage announcements that RHD is mailing.

3. Joseph-Charles d'Almeida (1822–1880), a French professor and author who toured the eastern US in 1862 and had sought RHD’s assistance in learning about the South; she had given him a letter of introduction to the Fieldses when he traveled to Boston. The secret mentioned is unknown.

4. Lucretia Mott (1793-1880), a Philadelphia Quaker abolitionist and women’s rights activist. RHD knew and greatly admired the older Mott, but she was friends with Mott’s children, who were closer in age to RHD.


S. M. Harris


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


S. M. Harris, “1863-mid, Annie Adams Fields,” Rebecca Harding Davis: Complete Works, accessed November 27, 2022, http://rebeccahardingdaviscompleteworks.com/items/show/135.

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