letters from dickinson to catherine sweetser

To Mrs. Joseph A. Sweetser
From ED

autumn 1880

Aunt Katie and the Sultans have left the Garden now, and parting with my own, recalls their sweet companionship -

Mine were not I think as exuberant as in other Years - Perhaps the Pelham Water shocked their stately tastes - but cherished avaraciously, because less numerous. I trust your Garden was willing to die - I do not think that mine was - it perished with beautiful reluctance, like an evening star -

I hope you were well since we knew of you, and as happy as Sorrow would allow -

There are Sweet of Pathos, when Sweets of Mirth have passed away -

Mother has had a weary Cold, and suffers much from Neuralgia, since the changing Airs, though I trust is no feebler than when you were here -

She has her little pleasures as the patient have - the voices of Friends - and devotion of Home.

The "Ravens" must "cry," to be ministered to - she - need only sigh.

Vinnie knows no shadow - brave - faithful - punctual - and courageous Maggie not yet caught in the snares of Patrick - Perhaps it is quite the Home it was when you last beheld it -

I hope your Few are safe, and your Flowers encouraging -

News of your Sultans and yourself, would be equally lovely, when you feel inclined. Blossoms have their Leisures -


Emily -

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