Mabel Loomis Todd and David Todd move to Amherst. Mabel Loomis Todd later becomes co-editor of the first volumes of Dickinson’s published poetry.
Election of Edward Dickinson as a member of the Whig Party to the United States Congress (1853-1855). Edward represented Massachusetts’ Tenth Congressional District.
Death of Emily Norcross Dickinson
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