MANUSCRIPT: AC. Ink.
PUBLICATION: L (1894) 204-205, in part; LL 232-233, in part;L (1931) 195, in part.
Samuel Bowles was abroad. ED continued to maintain the fiction that the infant Charles will be (or has been) named Robert. Ned Dickinson, the "small man," was less than a year old. It was not long before this letter was written that ED probably wrote the poem beginning "I'm Nobody," containing the lines "How dreary - to be - Somebody!/How public - like a Frog."