letters from dickinson to perez d. cowan

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 671


PUBLICATION: L (1894) 334-335; LL 325-326; L (1931) 324.

Cowan's daughter Margaret had died, 8 November 1879. This letter thanks him for a memorial. A notation on a blank page of the letter, entered probably by Cowawn, reads: "Oct 11. 1880 After receiving copy of "The Lamb Folded.'" The first quotation is from 1 Corinthians 15.35: "But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?" The final sentence paraphrases the opening of 1 Peter 1.8: "Whom not having seen, ye love. . ." (see also letter no. 747.)

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