about 6 February 1852
ink, one sheet, four pages
watermark/embossment: N, no symbol
20 x 12.5 cm.
FF 182-184, in part. Faint lines across text. "S's" in "confess" in third paragraph are calligraphically animated, and appear to be walking tall and winking; "g's" in "ugly things" dramatically underline letters preceding them (see Rowing in Eden 24, 163, 166, 168, 171-172). Johnson omits the article "a" before "a broken back." He reasonably dates this letter according to the comment on Mattie's condition and confluences with a contemporaneous letter to Austin (L 72).
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