letters from dickinson to the jenkins family

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 564

MANUSCRIPT: HCL (L 38). Pencil.

PUBLICATION: L (1894) 373, in part; L (1931) 363-364, in part; FN 125, entire.

The Springfield Republican reported on Friday, 16 August, that on the previous day Mrs. Jenkins had been thrown from a carriage by a shying horse. Though intended as a note of condolence for Mrs. Jenkins, the letter is written to Mr. Jenkins. The quotation of Lowell's is from Among My Books (1870). In his essay on Dryden, Lowell quotes from Dryden's tragedy Aurengzebe: "Live still! oh live! live even to be unkind!" ED's reference to "stranger" evidently means someone outside the United States; in letter no. 315, Wordsworth is so designated. The scripture allusion is from Isaiah 53.5: "But he has wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities . . ."

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