1862-07-12, James T. Fields

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1862-07-12, James T. Fields

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To JAMES T. FIELDS
July 12, [1862], Baltimore

My dear Mr Fields

Could you send me your key to Charles Auchester[1] for myself & a friend who is reading it today? I am glad by the way we are to hear more of Miss Sheppard in the Atlantic, as Annie tells me—

I was so vexed this morning— I left the commission with a friend to send a ‘nice’ harp to Annie, when I left New York—and only heard from her to-day that she could only find a very indifferent one. I was really provoked.

I am quite interested in the ‘Tom’ question[2] the more I hear of him. This morning I secured a present of a large full length likeness of him from a musician here. If I cannot find a chart of his ‘bumps’ I will have Fowler see the photograph & see what he thinks.[3]

Don’t forget to tell me who writes the August Atlantic—

Best love to Annie


Notes

1. Charles Auchester: A Memorial (1853), a romance published under the British author Elizabeth Sara Sheppard’s (1830-1862) penname “E. Berger.”

2. RHD is writing the essay “Blind Tom” for the Atlantic about Thomas Wiggins (1849-1908), an African American autistic savant whose musical performances, induced by his master, awed international audiences.

3. A reference to phrenologically reading an individual’s character through the bumps on their heads. Lorenzo Niles Fowler (1811-1896) was famous for his “head readings.”

Creator

S. M. Harris

Rights

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

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Citation

S. M. Harris, “1862-07-12, James T. Fields,” Rebecca Harding Davis: Complete Works, accessed July 22, 2019, http://rebeccahardingdaviscompleteworks.com/items/show/153.