letters from dickinson to austin dickinson

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 43

MANUSCRIPT: AC. Ink. Dated: Sunday evening. Envelope addressed: Wm Austin Dickinson./Care of Loring Norcross Esq./ Boston./Mass. Postmarked: Amherst Ms. Jun 16.

PUBLICATION: L (1894) 80, in part; LL 154, in part; L (1931) 77-78, in part; Home130-139, entire, with facsimile reproduction.

Austin wrote twice in the first week of his absence, and urged his sisters to come to Boston to hear Jenny Lind. ED cites the coming of the dressmaker as one reason for refusal. "Dr. Webster's bones" alludes to the notorious murder in a Harvard laboratory of Dr. George Parkman, by his colleague Dr. John W. Webster in 1849. Webster was hanged, and buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery, which ED had visited in 1846.

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