Emily Dickinson's Correspondences
Correspondence with Susan Dickinson

H B59

JL 320


pencil, two two-leaf sheets, very worn


watermark/embossment: A, Paris, embossed

16 x 10 cm.

multiple folds

AM CXV (1915) 40, in part; FF 256, in part. "-1-" on verso on second sheet. Paste marks. Johnson notes that this may well have been written while "Susan and Austin were vacationing at the seashore, perhaps in Swampscott." And he identifies other allusions: Uncle William, father Edward Dickinson's brother, resided in Worcester; John and Eliza Dudley were supposed to visit; Clara Newman, Edward's orphaned niece, was around twenty and, with her sister Anna (two years younger), lived with Austin and Susan from October 1858 to Clara's marriage in 1869 (from the time they were 14 and 12 respectively to the ages of 25 and 23) and may have been selling tobacco she had raised; Thoreau's Cape Cod was published in 1865; Ticknor and Fields was a well known Boston publishing firm.

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