letters from dickinson to otis phillips lord

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 559

MANUSCRIPT: AC. Both are in pencil.

PUBLICATION: Revelation 78-81, with facsimile.

The rough draft is on a discarded envelope addressed in Lord's hand: Miss Vinnie Dickinson,/Amherst/By Mr Cooper's Kindness. (James I. Copper was Austin Dickinson's law partner.)

The letters, and drafts and fragments of letters, to Lord were found among ED's papers after her death, and given to Mrs. Todd by Austin Dickinson (Revelation 1-2). It would appear that ED and Lord in time came to make a practice of writing each other weekly - or intending to do so. The intimacy of the relationship continued until his death in 1884. This letter and the four that follow are in the handwriting of about 1878. They are here grouped, since no specific time of the year is indicated in the letters.

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