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Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 676

MANUSCRIPT: BPL (Higg 111). Pencil.

PUBLICATION: AM LXVIII (October 1891) 451; L (1894) 330; LL 324-325; L (1931) 316.

This letter concludes the correspondence with Higginson relative to the selection of poems to be donated to the Mission Circle. One infers that Higginson advised her to offer one or more. Of the persons in Amherst who might have urged ED to contribute poems, the one who most nearly fits the description is Joseph K. Chickering, professor of English in Amherst College. ED in fact never saw him, then or later, though he was especially thoughtful at the time of Mrs. Dickinson's death in 1882. He unsuccessfully tried, more than once, to call on ED. (See letters no. 786 and 798.)

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