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Alcott, Louisa May (1832-1888) Autograph Letter Signed, Undated.

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Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2819TLocation: BostonDate / Time: May 27, 2015 12:00PM


Alcott, Louisa May (1832-1888) Autograph Letter Signed, Undated.
Single bifolium inscribed on four pages. To Mrs. Anne Rebecca Adams (1809-1882) sending autographs (not present),asking after her husband, Alvin Hoar Adams's (1804-1877) health, and thanking her for the gift of strawberries and a portfolio; with the holograph envelope, 7 x 4 1/2 in.
Adams was a merchant in Watertown who pioneered express deliveries by railroad in 1840, likely the source of the presumably out of season strawberries mentioned in Alcott's letter.
"Dear Mrs. Adams,
I send you the autographs I promised, but they are not as nice as I hoped. The best ones have been given away I find. These however are genuine, & if they are of any use to you I shall be very glad.
When Mr. Adams goes he can get you any you want, you know.
If he has not already gone give him my respects & tell him I hope the new water will do him so much good he will stand right off & pass the summer at Belle's country house in Egypt.
I am much better, & mother thinks Watertown a most healthful place. So do I & Dr. Bonnett.
I have been afraid to try my lovely portfolio yet, but hope a spring-like day or two will put a thought into my head poetical enough to be written on my green and silver book, & good enough to be sent to you. Father & mother thought the portfolio perfection.
Miss Hoar was charmed with her strawberries, & they were the town talk for several days. It must be so pleasant to have one's name always associated with fruit-, & flowers, kind thoughts & friendly deeds, as yours is, dear Mrs. Adams.
With much love
L.M. Alcott"
Estimate $1,500-2,500

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Anne Rebecca Adams, Alvin Hoar Adams, Watertown, Louisa May, Egypt, Bonnett, Alvin Hoar