letters from dickinson to elizabeth holland

To Mrs. J.G. Holland
From ED

December 1881

Sweet Sister,

We were much relieved to know that the dear event had occurred without overwhelming any loved one, and perhaps it is sweeter and safer so. I feared much for the parting to you to whom parting has come so thickly in the last few days. I knew all would be beautiful, and rejoice it was so.

Few daughters have the Immortality of a Father for a bridal gift. Could there be one more costly!

As we never have ceased to think of you, we will more tenderly, now. Confide our happiness to Annie, in her happiness.

We hope the unknown Balm may ease the Balm withdrawn. You and Katie, the little Sisters, lose her yet obtain her, for each new width of love largens all the rest.

Mother and Vinnie think and speak. Vinnie hopes to write. Would that Mother could - but her poor hand is idle.

Shall I return to you your last and sweetest word - "But I love you all"


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