Emily Dickinson's Correspondences
Correspondence with Susan Dickinson

H B123

JL 397, JP 1251

FP 1300

OMC 167

autumn 1873

ink, two leaves (four pages) plus second sheet torn at left

watermark/embossment: Y, A Pirie & Sons, 1871, embossed

20 x 13 cm.

folded in thirds

FF 232-233. Greatly exaggerated crossing of "T's," as well as extravagant spacing. This and the earlier letter written when Susan and the children were in Swampscott indicates that Emily and Sue were in the habit of having coffee together. Susan is now visiting her sister Martha Smith at Geneva, New York, as she did most autumns. In the quotation, Dickinson paraphrases "I the Lord thy God am a jealous God" (Exodus 20:5).

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Last updated on April 30, 2001
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