Letter from Anne Aldrich to Emily Dickinson [...]

Copy of a letter sent by the poet Anne Aldrich, two years before her death, to an Emily Dickinson, though likely not the Emily Dickinson given the date. Transcribed from the photographic version in the ASU archives. The note on that item reads:

Original manuscript is tipped in to a copy of the author’s book “The Feet of Love” Local Call Number PS 1019.A7 F4. Bookplate inside the book reads “The Edward Bliss Hill and Clara Hood Hill Memorial Collection of Literature given to the Matthews Library Arizona State College at Tempe by their Daughter Gertrude Francis Hill.(Link)

Letter follows.


354 W 20th St
New York City
July 4, 1890

My dear Miss Dickinson,

Your kind note both touched and gratified me. And I should be most happy to send you a photograph myself, but for the reason that so many, who have been good enough to come for my book, and who are unknown to me have asked for it that I have been obliged to make it a rule not to give any away except to personal friends. I think you can claim one by applying to Seo[??] Rickword[??] Photography [at] Union Square, New York.

A life of [???] suffering, such as I am sure you must be, dear Miss Dickinson, is a better poem in itself than we can any of us write, and I believe it is only through the [???] of suffering, either mental or physical, that we can [???] into that tender sympathy with the griefs of all mankind which it ought to be the ideal of every [????] to attain.

Believe me, dear Miss Dickinson with every kind wish

Very faithfully yours
Anne Reeve Aldrich

Wikity users can copy this article to their own site for editing, annotation, or safekeeping. If you like this article, please help us out by copying and hosting it.

Destination site (your site)
Posted on