letters from dickinson to elizabeth holland

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 491

MANUSCRIPT: HCL (H 40). Pencil.


This replies to a query from Mrs. Holland, written after she had received the foregoing letter, asking why Austin had not arrived. The tension between the two Amherst households is made explicit in the fourth paragraph (see letters no. 484 and 736). The popular "Douglas" poem, set to music, was written by Dinah Maria Craik (Miss Mulock), The final quotation is from Mrs. Browning's "Catarian to Camoens" (see also letter no. 801).

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