letters from dickinson to frances and louise norcross

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 737

MANUSCRIPT: destroyed.

PUBLICATION: L (1894) 294; L (1931) 266.

Fanny replied to letter no. 734, and this letter acknowledges the receipt of Fanny's recipe for graham bread. The first quotation is from Romeo and Juliet, V, I, 37. The conclusion of the letter recalls Job 3.17: "There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest." George Parsons Lathrop (1851-1898), journalist and miscellaneous author, was a son-in-law of Hawthorne. He was an associate editor of the Atlantic Monthly (1875-1877), and edited A Masque of Poets (1878). (See letter no. 573c.) The reference is to a poem written after the death of a small son in 1881, titled "The Child's Wish Granted."

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