MANUSCRIPTS: The copy reproduced above is incorporated in a letter (H H 42) written to Mrs. J. G. Holland in late May 1877. The penciled draft (Bingham 97-2), written at the same time and set down on the back of a discarded letter, is the text from which the fair copy presumably derives. ED did not adopt her proposed change:
Bees are Black, with Gilt Surcingles -PUBLICATION: The text in BM (1945), 68, derives from the penciled draft; the suggested change is rejected. The text in LH (1951), 116, reproduces the copy to Mrs. Holland.