2 thoughts on “199 Bradford Street

  1. Like so many houses in the East End, this one has a connection to Eugene O’Neill; in 1921 it was the residence of Fifine Clark, the beloved governess of Shane, and later Oona. She and the house are mentioned in a letter from Eugene to Mrs. Edmund T. Quinn, wife of the sculptor, and family friend in NYC. Dated April 1, 1921 –

    Dear Mrs. Quinn, I crave a favor of you. April 12th will mark the third anniversary of Agnes’ and my matrimony, and I want to make her a present upon said date. A kimono seems to be what she most desires. Now I know naught of kimonos and can gain no experience of them in P’town shops, to which they are equally foreign. So will you pick one out for her in New York? I hate to trouble you thus, but you are the only one I can appeal to with any confidence in the result. You know her tastes, size, what would be becoming to her, etc.
    Of course, all this is to be a dead secret, a stunning surprise. When you write me about it address the letter not to me, but to Mrs. Fifine Clark, 199 Bradford St., Provincetown, and have the kimono sent to her. This lady, our dame of all work, I have taken into my confidence and she will see that the matter is kept hidden from Agnes.” (the letter continues with details about cost, etc and salutations to her and her husband etc.)

    The source is from “Selected Letters of Eugene O’Neil”, and the original, I believe, is at Yale.

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