letters from dickinson to elizabeth carmichael

late 1883?

My consoleless Vinnie convinces me of the misfortune of having known dear Mrs. Carmichael, whom "to name is to praise," for indeed, were we both intelligent mourners, I fear delight would close; but the "fair uncertainty" aids me, which is denied Vinnie.

Of her noble loss it is needless to speak - that is incalculable.

Of her sweet power to us when we were overwhelmed, that, too, shall be mute. She has "borne our grief and carried our sorrow," that is the criterion. . . .

Let me hope she is well to-day, and sheltered by every love she deserves, which were indeed countless.

We congratulate sweet Mrs. Skeel on her beloved booty, and ask a remembrance in her prayer for those of us bereaved.



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