early January 1877
Is the Year too elderly for your acceptance of Lowell, as a slight symbol of a Scholar's Affection? I designed "Harold" to accompany Emerson, but Tennyson declines - like Browning - once so rare!
To wane without disparagementis sunset's, perhaps-only. Please remember me with thoughtfulness to Mrs - Higginson, to whom I shall soon write. Were the velocity of Affection as perceptible as it's sanctity, Day and Night would be more affecting.
My Brother has been very ill for three months, of Malarial Fever- which he took at the Centennial and we have feared he would die.
I thought your approbation Fame-and it's withdrawal Infamy. I hope I in no way thought wrong of Mrs Jackson's wish - Did I - could you excuse it.