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Sun, 8 Aug 2010 08:14:58 EDT
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OK, Kevin, I'm going to give it another go   --

1. Thomas Wentworth Higginson -- met with Emily Dickinson twice. The  1st 
she greeted him with two day lilies.   He wrote for The Atlantic, and 
the first black  regiment of Civil War troops, which took Jacksonsville 
with five  
steamboats.  He met Twain in 1905 through the Dublin  Society and they 
friends. Higginson critiqued  Dickinson's poems and corresponded with her 
for years.
They first met at Dickinson's father's house in Amherst on August 16,  1870.

2.  Samuel Bowles -- began as an "intern" at his father's  paper, The 
Republican, which he took  over and made his career when his father died.
Published some of Dickinson' poems.  In October of 1868, SLC and  Sam
Bowles met face-to-face in Springfield, Mass.  where Twain later related to
the Alta California  that Bowles' interest in the Pacific area "remains 
unabated."  *
*note:  from Barb Schmidt's site, , which cited the
Mark Twain's  Letters, Volume 3, 1869, p.267.  Dickinson first met  Bowles
at The Evergreens, the house in Amherst in  which her older brother Austin,
and his wife Susan,  lived.  They had married in 1856, and Bowles was their 
first house-guest.  Also, he is the candidate  some favor as being the focus
of DIckinson's  romantic life, if such a state ever actually existed.

3.  Charles  Wadsworth -- a Presbyterian minister in Philadelphia, and 
often  hinted
at as being the other possible love interest  in Emily Dickinson's life.  
He met her 
in 1855  when she made a trip to Philadelphia to seek treatment for 
eye problems.  In 1862 Wadsworth moved to San  Francisco.  On April 6, 1868
Twain gave a  speech to the Literary Society at Wadsworth's church, at  
time, I am assuming, hopefully correctly, that  they met face-to-face.

Fun contest, once again.  Thanks for the  challenge.

Roger Durrett
Charlotte, NC

In a message dated  8/7/2010 7:39:23 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, 
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That's two out of three (I'm not saying which two) but you need to  provide 
the details of how/when/where they met  face-to-face...

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Subject:  Three pals of Emily & Sam

> Kevin -- Thomas W. Higginson=2C  Henry Ward Beecher=2C Samuel Bowles? --  
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