MANUSCRIPTS: There are two, both written in the spring of 1883. The copy above was sent to Thomas Niles (Bingham 106), editor of the publishing house of Roberts Brothers, incorporated in a letter written in April. ED comments on having read Mathilde Blind's life of George Eliot, just published by Niles' firm, and concludes with the commemorative lines. The variant copy to Sue (H 266) was evidently adapted to some personal loss which Sue shared:
Her Losses made our Gains ashamed -Perhaps it was sent shortly after 15 May, the day that William Hawley Dickinson - the favorite "Cousin Willie" - died at Saratoga. Part of a worksheet draft (Bingham 109-5), written on a scrap of wrapping paper, gives the two final lines:
In vain to punish HoneyPUBLICATION: The letter to Niles is in Letters (ed. 1894), 418; (ed. 1931), 407; also in LL (1924), 377.