letters from dickinson to bowles

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 251


PUBLICATION: Poems (1955) 598. Another copy of the poem only furnished the text first published in 1891.

In Poems (1955) the letter is dated 1863. Since this group of note and and poems to Bowles can be dated by handwriting only, no date can be surely assigned. It cannot be said with assurance that this letter follows no. 250, but it certainly is an attempt to make her position clear, a position which the preceding letter makes ambiguous.

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