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Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 488

MANUSCRIPT: BPL (Higg 79). Ink.

PUBLICATION: L (1894) 324-325; LL 303-304; L (1931) 302-303.

The first quotation is from Higginson's April 1862 essay in the Atlantic Monthly, which first impelled her to write him (see letter no. 260). The second quotation are lines spoken by Antony, not Enobarbus, in Antony and Cleopatra III, xi, 17-20:

     Pray you, look not sad, Nor make replies of loathness; take the hint
Which my despair proclaims. Let that be left
Which leaves itself

The "Little Book" was Higginson's A Book of American Explorers (Young Folks Series), published about 1 April 1877. ED may have had in mind Edward Hitchcock's Catalogue of Plants Growing . . . in the Vicinity of Amherst (1829). Austin's recovery was slow (see letter no. 486).

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