MANUSCRIPT: HCL (H 60). Pencil.
PUBLICATION: LH 143-144.
Horace Church, gardener and sexton of the First Church, died, 7 April 1881. Higginson's essay "The Life of Birds," published in the Atlantic Monthly, September, 1862, has the sentence: "And penetrating to some yet lonelier place, we find it consecrated to that life-long sorrow . . . which is made immortal in the plaintive cadence of the Peewee-Flycatcher." Cap'n Cuttle is a character in Dombey and Son. The picture of George Eliot which Dr. Holland had promised may have been the one used as a frontispiece in the first issue of the Century Magazine, November 1881, which Holland was preparing for the press.