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Fifth Avenue Hotel. N.Y.
Dear Anne Whitney:
Do you remember having the worst cold you ever had in your life last autumn? Well! I have had one to match it now, but I see the monster vanishing like the genie of old in a cloud of smoke in the distance and begin to feel myself another Phoenix arising from the ashes!
We are coming home this week! How good it will seem to see your dear face again and to tread the somewhat opinionated pavements of our native town.
I have seen something of Cincinnati Chicago and New York not to speak of places between these great points and, let us trust to some good end! Cincinnati impresses me as having quite as much native artistic feeling and ambition as any place we know
The physical atmosphere there being full of mist and cloud drapery which seems more of oriental than of New England character.
I was really charmed with the natural gifts of the place, the long overhanging hills, on which the residences are chiefly built, and the soft climate. They have one old gentleman, too, among them, Mr. Joseph Longworth, who would serve to redeem a new Nineveh.
I need hardly tell you that our lectures have been very successful everywhere.They have popular elements in them combined with a power for sincerely provoking a taste for literature which allows them to carry the day in spite of our sad election troubles and the present agony of doubt which really overshadows everything.
I am sure you have been deeply interested in Dr. Lehliemann's discoveries and in the purchase of the Kourium
treasures from Gessand di Cesnola . How fast the old bible tale of years seems to be disappearing under these discoveries and modern service. New York seems to be getting the most astonishing collection of bad statues possible to imagine. The holy rage of the next generation will be turned, let us trust, upon their destruction.
But why do I talk of these things when I hope we are so soon to meet. Is your own fire-side as seductive as seemed likely when we parted?
With my love to Miss Manning who is with you I fancy by this time, believe me
your's as always
Fields, Annie Adams and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Annie Adams Fields, New York, to Anne Whitney, 1876 December 19" (1876). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 690.