She also explains that the seven grandchildren he refers to in the inscription were Jane's seven oldest children, who were born before her father died--not all of Abiah
and Josiah's numerous grandchildren.
"Many years later, in a letter Abiah
Darby wrote in 1763, she recalled the date as around the year 1709," said de Haan.
(10) As Burbick shows, these early letters to Abiah
Root offer a playful irony even as they demonstrate a developing mastery of religious thought and prose.
Her list of the island's "good" women of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries includes Maria Mitchell (1818-1889), America's first female astronomer; Abiah
Folger (1667-1752), Benjamin Franklin's mother; Lucretia Mott (1793-1880), abolitionist and leader in the women's rights movement; and Mary Coffin Starbuck (1645-1717), the island's first shopkeeper and one of the most famous Quaker preachers of her day.
Dickinson's orientation was seaward: "The shore is safer, Abiah
, but I love to buffet the sea--," she reports in an early letter, "I can count the bitter wrecks here in these pleasant waters, and hear the murmuring winds, but oh, I love the danger!" (2) A letter written in the 1860s to her beloved sister-in-law and partner in composition, Susan Huntington Dickinson, admits a lifelong practice of navigating unsteadiness:
Finally, the riddle eludes us, and we are left with the tantalizing images sent to Jane and Abiah
, pictures evoking a hope too rich and risky to be committed to paper--a bright future with one gold thread too faded for us to see.
Meanwhile, Dickinson, who began to write poetry at the age of sixteen (Farr's answer to one of the many problems of biography "solved" here), ignores the criticism swirling around her, and goes about her business of living, loving and writing, explaining to her friend Abiah
Root, about to be married and concerned that Dickinson will never be a bride, that "poets are wild in their hearts."
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