Writings by Susan Dickinson

back | close-up | note | letter index | search | main index

Cambridge -
June 1 1858 -

My dear friend -

In that very pleasant
call I made at your house
last week, you told me
that I had sent you an
imperfect copy of a Service
which is imperfect enough
without any Shortcomings of
the binder. To make up for
this enemy upon y'r dear
patience, I send you these

new copies, - & take the
occasion to discourage our
old debt, to please myself,
by sending you a note
of cordial remembrance,
into the bargain! It was
a bright, kindly, & most
welcome letter I have from
you; I have wanted for
some fair excuse for re-
turning it. How can I
earn another? You are my
only Amherst correspondent;
tho' I love to think I am
not without friends here.
How charming the thot is!

I remember y'r cozy & almost rosy nest, -
the clover[?]-beds in front, - the flower borders
below, the young & budding trees; - the graceful
outline of the mountains. Next Summer, -
Nay, my date reminds me to say this Summer,
when I come again, you must appear to
me in a setting surrounding of July flowers.
May flowers, I believe, don't grow in Amherst any more.

You don't know how the valley visit
refreshes us. You've[?] proved[?] a capital little
[?]. Of a [?] one day in y'r beautiful

H bMS Am 1118.95, Box 9

scenery is worth a thousand elsewhere. Do
you know, it is no merit of y'rs that you
are good, - so [?] better than we suburban
people are? - God speaks to you through fairer,
more convincing, more persuasive syllables & symbols.

Why not come & see Cambridge, mes neighborhood?
June is the Queen[?] month with us, & just the time to
travel. Come about week after next. We will take
grand care of you. Pray[?] indeed yr husband, - & only
send us a line beforehand. I w'd love to show you
about, & will try to be as social[?] as the [?]
[?] with yr husband. To him my cordial regard &
to y'rself as much affection as you will!

Yrs faithfully,

back | close-up | note | letter index | search | main index

Writings by Susan Dickinson Main Page
Image reproduced by permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Not to be reproduced in whole or in part without permission.
Transcription and commentary copyright 1998 by Martha Nell Smith,
Laura Elyn Lauth, and Lara Vetter, all rights reserved
Maintained by Rebecca Mooney  <rnmooney@umd.edu>
Last updated on January 25, 2008

Dickinson Electronic Archives