"The Supper / was delicate"

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"The Supper / was delicate" 

- erasures, cut away - 


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H B66 | JL 1025 | OMC 252 | late 1885 | pencil, two leaves | 20 x 13 cm | folded in thirds | FF 269 | paste marks

Emily's signature has been torn away, presumably to give as a souvenir. The note from Susan on blue-ruled notebook paper says, "Signature Taken out to give a begging friend." Higginson, it should be noted, also gave out Dickinson holographs as souvenirs. For example, her first letter to him and the enclosed poems are housed both in the Boston Public Library and the Houghton because he gave copies of Dickinson's writings to some correspondents.