MANUSCRIPT: AC. Pencil.
PUBLICATION: L (1894) 424-425; LL 372-373; L (1931) 413-414. It is a composite of the two drafts.
The actual letter ED wrote is missing, but its contents are clear from the two drafts left among her papers. Both are fair copies, but show different wording. The first draft is incomplete. The second, which repeats some sentences, has had portions cut out. The repetitions are in fact part of a third draft.
The first poem ED had also incorporated in a letter (no. 960) to the Loomises, written early in January. (See also letter no. 1014.)
There are three fragment drafts (AC-pencil) that incorporate expressions similar to ones in the letter drafts:
Strength to perish is sometimes withheldAll are published in NEQ XXVIII (1955) 304. (See also letter no. 968.)
The letter is a reply to one (HCL unpublished) written by Helen Jackson, dated: Santa Monica/Cal./By the Sea./Feb. 3. 1885.