MANUSCRIPT: BPL (Higg 74). Ink. Envelope addressed: Mr Higginson.
PUBLICATION: L (1894) 320, garbled; LL 293-294, garbled; L (1931) 295.
Four poems are enclosed: "When I hoped I feared," "The Days that we can spare," "Step lightly on this narrow spot," and "Remembrance has a Rear and Front." Joaquin Miller's Songs of the Sierras appeared in 1871. Helen Hunt's Verses had appeared the year before. Browning is referred to by Men and Women (1855) and Bells and Pomegranates (1846). Higginson's Atlantic Essays was issued in September 1871.
For a note on "Ancestor's Brocades," see letter no. 277.