letters from dickinson to emily fowler ford

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 40

MANUSCRIPT: NYPL. Ink. Dated: Thursday morning. Addressed on the fold: Miss Emily E Fowler/by Vinnie.

PUBLICATION: L (1894) 136-137, in part; L (1931) 136, in part.

The date is conjectured from the handwriting. This is the second known letter (see no. 32) written to Emily Fowler, who was one of ED's earliest friends. ED wrote several more over the years, an especially large number in 1853, the year of Emily Fowler's marriage. But the quality of disembodiment, uncharacteristic of most letters, is peculiarly evident in those to Emily Fowler, who was more than four years older than ED.

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