MANUSCRIPT: AC. Ink. Dated: Friday morning. Envelope addressed: Wm Austin Dickinson./Care of Joel Norcross - 31 - Milk St./Boston./Mass. Postmarked: Amherst Ms. Oct 17. Enclosed with the letter is a slip of paper to which is attached a pressed leaf, with the note: "We'll meet again as heretofore some summer's morning."
PUBLICATION: L (1894) 95-97; LL 165-167, in part; L (1931) 93-96; Home 190-191.
Austin was planning to come to Amherst for the annual "Cattle Show," to be held on October 22, and to bring with him his friend Edmund W. Converse. To many of the people of Amherst the autumn fair was the most important event of the year, and the Dickinsons participated fully in it. On this occasion a dinner was served to two hundred and seventy-five people at the Amherst House, after which Edward Dickinson gave a history of the Hampshire Agricultural Society. The poem at the end of the letter is printed here, as ED wrote it, in prose form.