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Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 265

MANUSCRIPT: BPL (Higg 52). Ink. Envelope addressed: T. W. Higginson./Worcester./Mass. Postmarked: Amherst Ms Jun 7 1862.

PUBLICATION: AM LXVIII (Oct. 1891) 447; L (1894) 303-304; LL 240-241; L (1931) 274-275.

The phrase "I have no Saxon" means "Language fails me": see Poems (1955) 197, where in poem no. 276 she offers "English language" as her alternative for "Saxon." She enclosed no poems in this letter.

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