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    Exceedingly rare three-page Emily Dickinson Autograph Letter Signed to her Uncle William, "we warmly remember Papa's Brother..."

    Emily Dickinson Autograph Letter Signed "Emily" in bold pencil, three pages, separate sheets (third page with signature is framed), 5" x 8". Amherst , [November 1880]. To her Uncle William, her father's brother, a successful industrialist in Worcester, Massachusetts. In full, "Thank you, dear Uncle for Helen's Cards - You were very thoughtful to send them - though not knowing her personally, we have a vicarious acquaintance through Aunt Libbie and Clara. I hope she may have a charming Home, and that Aunt Mary and you may not be too lonely. Please enclose our Congratulations when you write my Cousin, she will perhaps prize for her Uncle's sake, who was always so gallant to his young Kinsmen - and who thought of your Home as of his own, and of you - with so great tenderness - Please say to Aunt Mary that we do not forget her. I hope you are both most happy and well - Mother and Vinnie give their love - That we warmly remember Papa's Brother, he will please be sure. Will he guess that the Note is from Emily."

    This letter is not published in The Letters of Emily Dickinson, edited by Thomas Johnson and Theodora Ward (Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1958), which states "With the exception of letters presumably destroyed, all those which at the present time Emily Dickinson is known to have written are here assembled." The event which prompted the letter here offered was the marriage of Emily's cousin, Helen Whittier Dickinson, the daughter of Uncle William and his second wife, Mary Whittier Dickinson. Helen married Thomas L. Shields in Worcester on October 26, 1880. Since Emily is thanking her Uncle William for Helen's cards after her cousin's marriage ("I hope... that Aunt Mary and you may not be too lonely ") this letter must have been written in November 1880, enough time for Emily to have received Helen's cards from Uncle William.

    Aunt Libbie was Uncle William's and her father Edward's youngest sister Elizabeth Dickinson Currier who had kept house for her brother William in Worcester after his first wife died in 1851. Clara was her cousin Clara Newman, whose mother Mary was also a sister of William and Edward. Emily's father Edward had died in 1874. In 1875, her mother, Emily Norcross Dickinson, suffered a temporarily paralyzing stroke; three years later, she fell and broke her hip. Emily and her sister, Lavinia ("Vinnie") cared for their invalid mother until her death on November 14, 1882.

    The first two pages of Emily Dickinson's letter are written on the first and third sheets of a 10" x 8" sheet of stationery, watermarked "1876," folded in half. The third page has been matted with a portrait of the poet and framed under glass to 13" x 24". The letter is in mint condition.


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