Emily and Lavinia Dickinson visit Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.
At barely eight years old, Gilbert (“Gib”) Dickinson dies tragically of typhoid fever. Gib was a delightful, intelligent little boy, whose “fascinating ways” and “witty little sayings” charmed everyone. Beyond the great love his father and mother had for him, Gib was also the last hope for Austin and Susan to carry on the Dickinson name.
“Gilbert rejoiced in Secrets –
His Life was panting with them …
No crescent was this Creature – He traveled from the Full –
Such soar, but never set …
Without a speculation, our little Ajax spans the whole…” (Dickinson, L800-801)
Following the death of David Mack, the Dickinson family purchases and returns to the Homestead on Main Street. Edward Dickinson remodels the house and constructs a small conservatory for Emily and Lavinia.
Death of Judge Otis Phillips Lord
Samuel Fowler Dickinson, Emily Dickinson’s paternal Grandfather, builds the Homestead on Main Street in Amherst.
“To ascertain the House
and if the soul’s within
and hold the Wick of mine to it
to light, and then return -” (Dickinson, Fr802)
Austin Dickinson marries Susan Gilbert in Geneva, New York. A new home for the newlyweds, named the Evergreens, is built by Edward Dickinson to the west of the Homestead.
Death of Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson begins collecting her poems into small packets, today called “fascicles.” This practice continues until 1864.
Funeral for Emily Dickinson in Amherst, MA