letters from dickinson to anna newman carleton

about 1884

It hardly seems credible that the brave little Boy and the celestial little Girl are Anna's, and yet would we not expect her to be the Mother of Poets and Prophets, were she the Mother of anyone at all, as the Mail so sweetly assures us -

The bestowal of two such Fairies upon a sordid World, is of itself Prowess, and we give our hallowed congratulation to the Madonna Anna -

The picture of the pretty Home is very warm and vivid, and we half "touch" it too, unless softly forbidden - not with mortal Fingers, but those more tidy, mental ones, which never leave a blot -

Thanks, Dear, for the beatific Package, a murmur of the Saints, and never hide so long again, from your seeking Cousins -

Emily -

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