letters from dickinson to samuel bowles (the younger)

early August 1880

Dear friend,

Our friend your Father was so beautifully and intimately recalled Today that it seemed impossible he had experienced the secret of Death - A servant who had been with us a long time and had often opened the Door for him, asked me how to spell "Genius," yesterday - I told her and she said no more - Today, she asked me what "Genius" meant? I told her none had known -

She said she read in a Catholic Paper that Mr Bowles was "the Genius of Hampshire," and thought it might be that past Gentleman - His look could not be extinguished to any who had seen him, for "Because I love, ye shall live also," was his physiognomy -

I congratulate you upon his immortality, which is a constant stimulus to my Household - and upon your noble perpetuation of his cherished "Republican."

Please remember me tenderly to your Mother -

With honor,

Emily Dickinson -

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