letters from dickinson to the jenkins family

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 499

MANUSCRIPT: HCL (L 46). Pencil.


This was probably sent to the Jenkinses before they left Amherst for Pittsfield in May. It evidently enclosed a poem, almost certainly the following (HCL), said by MacGregor Jenkins (in FN) to have been sent to his mother at the time of departure.

They might not need me - yet they might.
I'll let my Heart be just in sight -
A smile so small as mine might be
Precisely their necessity -

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