letters from dickinson to sarah tuckerman

Thomas Johnson's Note on Letter 1035

MANUSCRIPT: missing.

PUBLICATION: L (1894) 434; LL 378; L (1931) 427.

Professor Edward Tuckerman died, 15 March 1886. This is the last letter to Mrs. Tuckerman, and seems to be in the nature of a farewell. The opening quotation, from I Corinthians 2.9, refers to the nature of things God has prepared for mankind. It was Jacob, wrestling with the angel, who said(Genesis 32.26): "I will not let thee go, except thou bless me." ED again used the expression, with the same inversion, in her next letter to Higginson (no. 1042).

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