letters from dickinson to otis phillips lord

about 1878

Ned and I were talking about God and Ned said "Aunt Emily - does Judge Lord belong to the Church"?

"I think not, Ned, technically."

"Why, I thought he was one of those Boston Fellers who thought it the respectable thing to do." "I think he does nothing ostensible - Ned." "Well - my Father says if there were another Judge in the Commonwealth like him, the practice of Law would amount to something." I told him I thought it probable - though recalling that I had never tried any case in your presence but my own, and that, with your sweet assistance - I was murmurless.

I wanted to fondle the Boy for the ferverent words - but made the distinction. Dont you know you have taken my will away and I "know now where" you "have laid" it? Should I have curbed you sooner? "Spare the 'Nay' and spoil the child"?

Oh, my too beloved, save me from the idolatry which would crush us both -

"And very Sea - Mark of my utmost Sail" -

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