MANUSCRIPT: When T. W. Higginson's infant daughter Louisa died aged seven weeks in March 1880, ED saw a notice in the paper and wrote him a brief note (BPL Higg 113) which these lines conclude. The worksheet draft (Bingham 1OO-11), written at the same time on a torn and discarded sheet of stationery, also survives:
The Face in Evanescence lainA third copy, now lost, was sent to Sue.
PUBLICATION:The message to Higginson is in Letters (ed. 1931 only), 318. A variant which does not survive in holograph was sent to Maria Whitney:
The face in evanescence lainIt is in Letters (ed. 1894), 339; (ed. 1931), 328; also LL (1924), 319.