A small archive consisting of six items including five handwritten letters -- four sent to Mary Bolger and one sent to Lillian Munger (with the envelope addressed to Sarah Orne Jewett). Descriptions are as follows: Letter No. 1: 1 page, 5 x 4 inches, 148 Charles Street, written to Lillian [Munger], no date, but the handwritten envelope addressed to "Miss Sarah Orne Jewett, care of Mrs. James T. Fields, Charles St." is postmarked December 4, 1889, in large part: "I was greatly interested in the story and real success of the work for woman and children. It is a very uncommon result brought about by thoughtful and careful personal desire. I am very glad for you all. It must be a great comfort to think of it when you and Miss Parkman lie down to rest..." Letter No. 2: 1 page, 4.5 x 3 inches, Boston, January 19, 1893. Written on the back of a one-cent postal card to Mary Bolger, in part: "...in order to get the white silk for you I discovered that one dress (the handsome one of white crepe) will be all I shall require this season. I will send...or your inspection whenever you wish it..." Letter No. 3: 1 page, 5.5 x 3.5 inches, Boston, April 23, 1895. Written on the back of a one-cent postal card to Mary Bolger, in part: "...Will you kindly let me have my cape and dress shirt ... and can you surely come on the 29th. I go away that week and it is my last chance." Letter No. 4: 3 pages (front and back) each measuring 4.5 x 3.5 inches, no place, May 3, 1893, small tear along the center fold, written to Mary Bolger, in part: "...I am delighted with my silk dress. You have made it better than new. I write to say that on Monday we are busy and unable to attend to our clothes..." Letter No. 5: 1 page, 6.75 x 4.25 inches, no place, no date, circa 1893, written to Mary Bolger, in part: "Will you please give my niece the two dollars added to the amount of your bill to buy a Christmas present for herself and will you thank her for the knives? I like my dresses very much indeed..." As most historians and researchers agree, Annie Adams Fields was a giving person who devoted much of her life to charitable causes. All items are in very good condition.
American author and social reformer who was influential in encouraging the careers of up-and-coming writers such as Sarah Orne Jewett, Mary Freeman, and Emma Lazarus. She was equally at home with great and established figures including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose biography she compiled. Her closest friend was Sarah Orne Jewett, a novelist and story writer with whom she lived for quite some time. Their closest friends included Cather, Dickens, Kipling, Tennyson, Twain, Longfellow, Whittier, Hawthorne, Stowe, Trollope, and the Brownings. In keeping with her philanthropist ideals, Adams donated her complete estate to charity.