letters from dickinson to higginson

9 June 1866

Dear friend

Please to thank the Lady. She is very gentle to care.

I must omit Boston. Father prefers so. He likes me to travel with him but objects that I visit.

Might I entrust you, as my Guest to the Amherst Inn? When I have seen you, to improve will be better pleasure because I shall know which are the mistakes.

Your opinion gives me a serious feeling. I would like to be what you deem me.

Thank you, I wish for Carlo.

Time is a test of trouble
But not a remedy -
If such it prove, it prove too
There was no malady.

Still I have the hill, my Gibraltar remnant.

Nature, seems it to myself, plays without a friend.

You mention Immortality.

That is the Flood subject. I was told that the Bank was the safest place for a Finless mind. I explore but little since my mute Confederate, yet the "infinite Beauty" - of which you speak comes too near to seek.

To escape enchantment, one must always flee.

Paradise is of the option.

Whosoever will Own in Eden notwithstanding Adam and Repeal.


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