letters from dickinson to catherine sweetser

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 478

MANUSCRIPT: missing.

PUBLICATION: L (1894) 411; L (1931) 401.

The date of the letter is conjectural. It belongs here if the visit from the Lords is the same visit as that mentioned in the preceding letter to Higginson. Mrs. Todd placed it with letters written in 1884, but it seems to have been sent while Mrs. Lord was living. She died in 1877, and until her death the Lords were always in guests in the Dickinson home when they visited Amherst. After that time Judge Lord, with his nieces, stopped at the Amherst House. The quotation is from Othello (I, iii, 208): "The robb'd that smiles steals something from the thief."

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