Amherst College opens with Samuel Fowler Dickinson as a principle founder.
The Civil War begins
“Sorrow seems more general than it did, and not the estate of a few persons, since the war began; and if the anguish of others helped one with one’s own, now would be many medicines …” (Dickinson, L436)
Death of Judge Otis Phillips Lord
Birth of Edward “Ned” Dickinson, Emily Dickinson’s nephew
Is it true, dear Sue?
Are there two?
I shouldn’t like to come
For fear of joggling Him!
If you could shut him up
In a Coffee Cup,
Or tie him to a pin
Till I got in –
Or make him fast
To “Toby’s” fist –
Hist! Whist! I’d come!” (Dickinson, Fr189)
Death of Emily Dickinson
Birth of William Austin Dickinson, Emily Dickinson’s brother
Emily Dickinson’s reclusiveness increases. While the origin of this departure from social life is specifically unknown, Dickinson’s withdrawal from society also marks the beginning of one of her most productive times, artistically.
“A Charm invests a face
Imperfectly beheld –
The Lady dare not lift her Vail –
For fear it be dispelled –
But peers beyond her mesh –
And wishes – and denies –
Lest interview – annul a want –
That Image – satisfies-” (Dickinson, Fr430A)
Funeral for Emily Dickinson in Amherst, MA
Birth of Emily Elizabeth Dickinson