letters from dickinson to abigail cooper

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 529

MANUSCRIPT: HCL (B 170). Ink. Addressed on the fold: Mrs. Cooper.

PUBLICATION: L (1894) 394; LL 323; L (1931) 383.

A note in the Dickinson collection at Amherst College, signed "A.I.C." (Abigail Ingersoll Cooper) reads:

It may be that the flower faded from conscious failure in its mission - but the remembrance of the gentle kindly though which suggested the gift, will abide with me in perpetual freshness -

The note was preserved because ED used the back of it to set down in rough draft the poem "It was a quiet seeming Day."

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