1863-11-09, James T. Fields

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1863-11-09, James T. Fields


November 9, [1863], Philadelphia

My dear friend

I send the story by this mail.[1] I am ashamed to send so foul a copy, but I tried to strike out all superfluous words—it grew so shamefully long. Will you send me the proof, please? It is so long since I wrote more than a word to you that I have put off saying what should have been said months ago–that is, how mortified and worried I was at finding I had been so long in your debt. I did not know it—believe me—took all that came as justly my due— I am glad it was straightened up at last. I will write a long letter to Annie—in a day or two—& send her by this mail a better paper on Gettysburgh that we like very much from its beautiful simplicity and absence of egotism. I don’t know who wrote it.

Mr. Davis sends his kindest regards.

Yours truly,
R. H. Davis


1. Probably “The Great Air-Engine,” which appeared in the December 1863 issue of the Atlantic Monthly.


S. M. Harris


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


S. M. Harris, “1863-11-09, James T. Fields,” Rebecca Harding Davis: Complete Works, accessed November 27, 2022, http://rebeccahardingdaviscompleteworks.com/items/show/176.

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