Correspondence from Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Martha Allen Luther Lane, August 28, 1885
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935 (Author)Lane, Martha Luther, 1862-1948 (Addressee)
From 26 Humboldt Aveune, Providence, Rhode Island. Gilman recounts at length the misgivings she had about marriage and the guilt she feels for having gone forward and causing both parties pain. The homeopath Dr. Knight is visiting once or twice a week. [page 11] "I'm getting better. I dare say if I get really well I may live some time." On page 12, she compares herself to a sapling being held down, "It didn't get any stronger by persevering pressure. It is down now, fastened down. Either it snaps back tearing everything that held it, learns to grow as it is, or – dies." An illustration of a sapling fastened down follows. The letter closes with a nonsense rhyme Gilman wrote for Eddie Jackson, a boy she cared for as a governess in 1883: "There was a young man in high boots / Who gave all his attention to fruits. / He tried to raise pears / In triangles and squares, / And make apple trees grow / without roots."
Charlotte Perkins Gilman Papers
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Correspondence from Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Martha Allen Luther Lane, August 28, 1885, Charlotte Perkins Gilman Papers, D.513, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester.
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