letters from dickinson to elizabeth holland

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 890

MANUSCRIPT: HCL (H 86). Pencil.


Judge Lord died, 13 March 1884. The quotation "seen of Angels" is from 1 Timothy 3.16. "Who knows that secret deep" may attempt to recall Paradise Lost, XII, 575-578: "This having learned, thou hast attained the sum/ Of wisdom/ . . . All secrets of the deep. . ."

Mrs. Holland had evidently written to ask whether Vinnie had given details of the encounter referred to in letter no. 888, so that here ED adds a postscript assuring Mrs. Holland that Vinnie had indeed omitted no detail.

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