MANUSCRIPT: AC. Penciled draft. On the verso is the poem "Some one prepared this might show." Though a fair copy, this incomplete draft never left ED's desk.
PUBLICATION: NEQ XXVIII (1955) 305.
The final drafy may have been sent to Susan's brother, as a letter of condolence after the death of Frank Gilbert, 25 May 1885. Susan and her son Ned attended the funeral in Grand Rapids. The quotation attempts to recall the lines of the physician in Macbeth (V, iii, 45-46): "Therein the patient/Must minister to himself" (see also letters no. 332 and 669).
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