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Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 13

MANUSCRIPT: HCL(ARS 4). Ink. Dated: Boston. Sep. 8. 1846. Addressed on the fold: Miss Abiah P. Root/Care of D.B. Tucker Esq/Norwich/Connecticut [readdressed and forwarded to: Feeding Hills/Springfield/Mass]. Postmarked: Boston sep 10 5 cts [and] Norwich Ct. Sep. 14.

PUBLISHED: L (1894) 20-23,in part; LL 120, in small part; L (1931) 16-19,in part. The strain evident in the preceding letter is explained by this account of ED's eager preparation for entering Mount Holyoke. Again she was sent to visit her aunt, Mrs. Loring Norcross. The quotation from Young's Night Thoughts must have been from memory:

We take no note of time
But from its loss: to give it then a tongue
Is wise in man.
Night I, lines 54-56

No moment, but in purchase of its worth;
And what its worth, ask death-beds; they can tell.
Part with it as with a life, reluctant...
Night II, lines 49-52

ED affixed a small paper seal or wafer, bearing the printed legend "Till we meet," to the addressed surface of the letter. The scripture quotation in the eighth sentence above her signature is from Ecclesiastes 12.5.

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