letters from dickinson to abbie c. farley

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 751


PUBLICATION: Revelation 62.

ED pasted at the top of the first page of the letter a clipping from Springfield Republican for Monday, 8 May, reading: "Judge Lord has passed the crisis at Salem, and there is hope that he will soon be about again."

Among the rough drafts in the Bingham collection (AC) is the poem beginning "The Pile of Years is not so high." It is written on the verso of a discarded sheet of stationery, in the handwriting of about this time, that starts and ends thus:

Dear Abby,
I am [gri]eved for Mary

Abbie Farley's cousin, another niece of the Judge, also lived with him.

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