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To ANNIE ADAMS FIELDSWheeling, Va.  June 18. [1861] Mrs. Fields- I have sketched a story,[1] which (as Mr. Fields is indifferent as to length) will extend through three no’s. The first part is finished.  Shall I send it on, or would Mr. Fields prefer…

To ANNIE ADAMS FIELDS[c. Dec. 1861], Wheeling, Virginia                                   Mrs. Fields, I fully intended to go and have a likeness taken today but not being able send one taken last summer, which accounts for any airy costume-- Truly…

To ANNIE ADAMS FIELDSFebruary 14, 1862, Wheeling  My dear Mrs. Fields, I send the warmest greetings this snowy day to you and Dr. Putnam[1] for the effort you both have made to give me pleasure. You speak of a breath of spring. It is like a breath of…

To ANNIE ADAMS FIELDS May 15, [1862], Wheeling   Certainly my dear Mrs Fields. If I go I will go to you first.[1] Thank you for telling me exactly what you would like. If I can come I will be there the first or second week in June. But I am not very…

To JAMES T. FIELDSApril 14?, [1862], Wheeling  Mr Fields  I am at home again and hope to get letters safely once more. I received the newspaper criticism and am more grateful than I can tell you for the clipping and marking and trimming you spent on…

To JAMES T. FIELDSJanuary 25, 1861, Wheeling  Mr. Fields, You do not owe me these $’s at all! It is pure pretense on your part, because the original price was paid all at once, you recollect?  My first impulse was to return it and explain. And then I…

To JAMES T. FIELDSWheeling, Va. Jan. 26 [1861]  Mr. James T. Fields Your letter is kind, and gave me much pleasure.  Although I prefer the present title of the article,[1] I am perfectly willing you would select one more “taking”. What would you…

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The Bogey Man Banished The murders and uncleaner crimes which fill the papers every day are so much alike that they are apt to pall on us. Considered as literature the heroes are too common-place. We are surprised to find that the man who banged his…

The Cave-Man In the great chalk deposits of France were found, a few years ago, two skeletons, probably the oldest in the world. At the back of a cave lay the bones of a woman who had been done to death by a huge stone mallet; while lying across the…

Cheating the Children One of our millionaires who began life as a poor lad and did not succeed until middle age is said to enjoy the fun and luxury which his money brings him like a hot-headed boy. He goes to balls and the play incessantly; he buys…
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