early August 1880
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 -
Emily Dickinson -
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