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Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 316

MANUSCRIPT: BPL (Higg 59). Ink. Dated: Amherst. Envelope addressed: Col. T. W. Higginson/Newport/Rhode Island.

PUBLICATION: AM LXVIII (October 1891) 451; in part; L (1894) 312, in part; LL 268-269, in part; L 281-282, entire, with facsimile reproduction of part, facing page 282. There is no stanza break in this version.

ED enclosed one poem in the letter: "A Death blow is a Life blow to some," together with a clipping of "The Snake" from the 17 February issue of the Springfield Weekly Republican. This replies to a letter from Higginson which expressed a desire to see her, and evidently called her "elusive." In the opening sentence it is to herself that she refers as "Whom." Her poem "A narrow Fellow in the Grass" appeared in both the Daily and the Weekly Republican during the week of the seventeenth (a Saturday). The full account of the publication is in Poems (1955) 713-714. But see also the correction noted by John L. Spicer in Boston Public Library Quarterly VIII (July 1956) 135-143.

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