MANUSCRIPT: About April 1863, in a letter to T. W. Higginson (BPL Higg 56).
PUBLICATION: The letter was first published in Atlantic Monthly, LXVIII (October 1891), 449, in an article which Higginson wrote dealing with the letters and poems he had received from ED. It is included in Letters (ed. 1894), 309; (ed. 1931), 279; also LL (1924), 248.