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Latin Textbook

Emily Dickinson left an inscription for her friend Abby Wood in their shared copy of The Works of Virgil. After copying out line 23 from Book I of the Aeneid, Dickinson translates the Latin into English and adds a meaningful addendum: “Afterwards you may rejoice at the remembrance of these (our school days). When I am far far away then think of me – E. Dickinson”. Dickinson’s Amherst Academy circle was a close-knit one. These were social and lively years for Dickinson, full of pleasurable activities and satisfying curricular work. Abby Wood later married Daniel Bliss, an 1852 graduate of Amherst College, and the two became missionaries in Beirut.

Courtesy of Amherst College Archives & Special Collections

Three penciled lines on a well-worn page, written in a miniscule hand with many underscores. Signed “E. Dickinson.”