letters from dickinson to elizabeth holland

To Mrs. J.G. Holland
From ED

October 1881

Panting to help the dear ones and yet not knowing how, lest any voice bereave them but that loved voice that will not come, if I can rest them, here is down - or rescue, here is power.

One who only said "I am sorry" helped me the most when father ceased - it was too soon for language.

Fearing to tell mother, some one disclosed it unknown to us. Weeping bitterly, we tried to console her. She only replied "I loved him so."

Had he a tenderer eulogy?


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