1852, December 17

Election of Edward Dickinson as a member of the Whig Party to the United States Congress (1853-1855). Edward represented Massachusetts’ Tenth Congressional District. 

black and white illustration of a dog

1866, 27 January

Death of Carlo, Emily Dickinson’s Newfoundland 


“Carlo died – […] would you instruct me now?” (Dickinson, L454)

1855, November

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. 


The Dickinson family hires Margaret Maher as their primary domestic help. She would remain with the Dickinsons for thirty years.