Letter mentioning Bermuda's 'Lily Season'

Letter mentioning Bermuda's 'Lily Season'
Letter mentioning Bermuda's 'Lily Season'

Letter mentioning Bermuda's 'Lily Season'

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Scott #304 5c Lincoln with Letter - Beaver, PA to Bermuda 2/27/1908.

A LETTER TO A CONVALESCENT IN BERMUDA MENTIONING BERMUDA’S ‘LILY SEASON’.

Autograph letter signed from a wife to her husband, Robert A. Cummings.

Beaver, Pennsylvania, February 27, 1908.

3pp. Small 8vo.

Sent via New York care of the Quebec Steamship Co. in Hamilton.

Letter reads:
My own precious darling: I forgot to tell you that Kitty and Mrs. Lott expect to come back home on the new steamer “Guiana” and are to stop at Bermuda on their way home and Kitty says they will be there just in “lily season.” The[y] sent me a post-card if “Holborn” the place they leased in Barbados last year. I have saved it to show you: it is a beautiful place. The[y] said they never have enjoyed Barbados as much as this year. Mama sent a piece from the Baltimore papers to you, and I have saved it for you, as I was afraid it might get lost in the mail if I sent it on. By the way, I wrote to the post-master of New York City, asking where I should send to have the two special delivery letters sent you Jan. 17 on the “Bermudian” returned to me. He wrote me he thought they were at the Dead Letter office in Washington, so I wrote there so he advised me, but they have not come yet. We will save them for you if they really are ever returned to us. All the Terry’s have had the grippe even Mr. & Mrs. Terry and down to the cook and coach-man. The children are doing very well at school. The Bishop is to be at our church this next Sunday evening March 1st. I love you my beautiful boydee. I intend to write more but Ida and I have just finished store now – and is … time. Ever devotedly Eloise

General Comments:
During the 1890s, Bermuda became known as the “Easter Lily Island” because of its cultivation and export of the flower. The lily in both bulb and cut flower form became one of the island’s chief exports during the late 19th and early 20th century. Beginning in 1899, the lily crops were decimated by an unidentified blight. It wasn’t until 1927 that the culprit was identified and lily cultivation returned. Bermuda, however, was never able to regain its dominance over the lily market.

Also enclosed are charming letters from Cumming’s daughter Eloise and his son Robert. Folded and in fine condition. With the original envelope.  

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