letters from dickinson to james d. clark

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 766

MANUSCRIPT: AC. Pencil. Envelope addresed by Lavinia Dickinson: James D. Clark/361 Degraw St./Brooklyn/L.I. Postmarked: Brat & Palmer Jct Aug 22. (ED wrote, then crossed out, the words in brackets.)

PUBLICATION: L (1931) 344.

The correspondence with Clark, which begins with this letter, was initiated by Clark. ED here writes to thank him for sending her sermons by Dr. Wadsworth. The identity of the opening words in this letter and in the preceding one written to Higginson, which also mentions Wadsworth, suggests that they were written at the same time.

James Clark had retired to Northampton, his boyhood home, in 1875. He was seriously ill when he wrote to ED, and was in Brooklyn for medical treatment, living with his brother Charles.

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