Saturday, June 14, 2008


This is the first known correspondence from Elise Beatrice Forrest, then about 22 years old, to Edwin Augustus Harleston, nicknamed Teddy to distinguish him from his father, Edwin Gailliard Harleston.

"Robbie" is Teddy's brother, Robert Othello Harleston, who was courting Elise's sister, Marie Forrest. Elise (or Tantie, as she was known) met Teddy in 1913, when Robbie asked him to deliver a package to Marie. He had just returned home after spending 13 years studying at Atlanta University and the School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston.

Monday, September 8, 1913
97 Morris St., City

Dear Teddy:
Had hoped to see you 'ere this. Our club meets Tuesday night at Mrs. Beaubian and I would like you to be my guest - if it is convenient and agreeable to you. Should I not hear from you by noon of Tuesday, I will look for you at 9 or 9:30 p.m.

Did Robbie give you my message?

Am pasting pictures tonight after having packed Mamma off for a few days in the country.

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