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Edward Dickinson

"His Heart was pure and terrible and I think no other like it exists. I am glad there is Immortality - but would have tested it myself - before entrusting him" (L418)

Letter from Dickinson to T.W. Higginson, July 1874

from The Letters of Emily Dickinson by Thomas H. Johnson
and An Emily Dickinson Encyclopedia by Jane Donahue Eberwein, Ed.

(1803-1874) Emily's father, Edward Dickinson enjoyed a career as a lawyer, Treasurer of Amherst College, and a term in Congress. He came to allow Emily the isolation and solitude she needed to write her poetry.