12 Jany 1863
I am very sorry to be so late with my reply to your note, which was received by me just on leaving home to go to Canada, & thence to some of your West N.Y. cities, a journey which has left me no leisure for writing notes to diplomatists, until today.3
If you wish to live in that least attractive (to me) of cities, I must think you can easily do so. Perhaps better in the journalism than in the Departments. You will see that I have dated my note from my known residence.4 With best hope,
R. W. Emerson
Walt Whitman, Esq.
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1. Endorsed (by Walt Whitman): "R W Emerson | Jan '63." (Back)
2. Address: Walt Whitman, Esq. | Washington. (Back)
3. At the time of this letter Emerson was on one of his lyceum tours; see Ralph L. Rusk, The Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1949), 418-419, and The Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 vols. (New York: Columbia University Press, 196495), 5:302. (Back)