letters from dickinson to mary higginson

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 481

MANUSCRIPT: BPL (Higg 80). Ink. Envelope addressed: Mrs. Higginson./Newport/Rhode Island.

PUBLICATION: L (1931) 305.

The books is Emerson's Representative Men (new edition, J.R. Osgood, 1876). It is in HCL, and is inscribed by ED: "To M C H from Emily Dickinson Christmas, 1876." Higginson wrote his sister Anna on 28 December (HCL): "Last night the Warings had their novel wedding festival of a dozen people . . . The Woolseys were bright as usual & wrote some funny things for different guests - one imaginary letter to me from my partially cracked poetess of Amherst, who writes to me & signs "Your scholar.' (N.B. She writes to Mary now & sent her Emerson's 'Representative Men' as 'a little granite book, for you to lean on!') . . ." The quotation from Matthew 13.32 reads: ". . . so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof."

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