James T. Fields

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James T. Fields


Wheeling, 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 think of “Beyond?”  I should like something suggestive of the subdued meaning of the story, but if you do not approve of that, how would “The Korl-Woman” do? I would be sure to read an article with that caption in the hope of discovering some new race,—of Hottentots,[2] perhaps—. However, I shall be satisfied with your choice – whatever it may be.

I thank you for your encouragement. I have written but little, hitherto, and then anonymously; – principally, reviews of new books. A few verses and stories, impelled by the necessity or whim of the moment.

I would prefer when this article is published, my real name would not be given as a contributor.  Is it necessary for me to go in search of a name or shall I need any? If it is not a trouble, will you be kind enough to tell me this before it is printed?

Meanwhile, permit me to remain

Respectfully yours.—
R. B. Harding

Received Jan 26, 1861, of Ticknor and Fields $50--
Rebecca B. Harding
Wheeling, Va 

[1] Originally “The Story of To-Day,” the story would be published as “Life in the Iron-Mills.”

[2] A European term for the South African Khoi people; in the nineteenth century often used derogatorily by white people for any Black or exoticized peoples.


S.M. Harris


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



S.M. Harris, “1861-01-26
James T. Fields,” Rebecca Harding Davis: Complete Works, accessed September 29, 2023, https://rebeccahardingdaviscompleteworks.com/items/show/19.

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