letters from dickinson to bowles

To Samuel Bowles
From ED

about 1877

Dear friend.

Vinnie accidentally mentioned that you hesitated between the "Theophilus" and the "Junius."

Would you confer so sweet a favor as to accept that too, when you come again?

I went to the Room as soon as you left, to confirm your presence - recalling the Psalmist's sonnet to God, beginning

I have no Life but this -
To lead it here -
Nor any Death - but lest
Dispelled from there -
Nor tie to Earths to come -
Nor Action new
Except through this extent
The love of you.

It is strange that the most intangible thing is the most adhesive.

      Your "Rascal."

I washed the Adjective.

thomas johnson's note on letter 515 | index to dickinson/bowles letters

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