MANUSCRIPTS: The text reproduced above (H ST 22b) is that of a transcript made by Sue of a copy, now lost, which ED sent to her. A variant of the first stanza is incorporated in a letter (H H 34) written in late January 1875 to Mrs. J. G. Holland. Edward Dickinson had died in June of the previous year. The poem and the lines that introduce it read thus:
Mother is asleep in the Library - Vinnie - in the Dining Room - Father - in the Masked Bed - in the Marl House.PUBLICATION: The letter to Mrs. Holland is in LH (1951), 102. The stanzas sent to Sue are unpublished.