Title: Thomas Dixon to Walt Whitman, 9 April 1870
Date: April 9, 1870
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Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.01448
Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Ashley Lawson, Elizabeth Lorang, and Beverley Rilett
15 Sunderland Street
April 9 1870
I have sent you a small Box of Books carriage Paid to your address in Washington. I expect it will leave Liverpool on Wednesday the 13th so I expect you will have it very soon after the arrival of this letter. I regret I could not send you some Indian Books I had in view when I wrote you some time ago. I mean the Bhagavad Gita—and the Vedas. the last is a work at present only published for the Scholars and Students it is in [8?] large octavo volumes.— and will not all be published this year. However the Collection is a representative one as you will find on looking over the list. I have few of them so relating to our modren Literature as you will observe they are by men whom I highly esteem though I do not endorse or hold by all they teach two of the Books are connected with my own thoughts and Studies. Time & Tide and the progress of the Working Classes from 1832 to 1868, compiled by two warm advocates of the working Classes. the memoir of Bewick is also a work I love and esteem and one that i think will be read by you with pleasure and also delight, as the utterances of a real noble honest soul, free from all pretensions of culture or Book-making, a truly representative Man, and lover of Nature, and natural Life. it is a Book I would fain see more known here and in America, it is so brimful of good sound sense. There is also a Portrait of Dante & Milton both photographed by admirers of your works, and reading Pamphelets by [illegible] other warm admirers of your Book, and lastly there is 2 remarkable Indian Pamphelets Jesus Christ Europe & Asia by Chunder Sen, an Hindoo —and one on Beneficent Government also written by an Hindoo Philosopher
Also 4 numbers of the Cooperator containing L. Napoleon's remarkable work the Extinction of Pauperism to me a very remarkable production despite his none fullfilment of it now that he is in power and position—The last I will name is the Dabistan a very remarkable Book by a Persian on the Schools of Religion in the East a Book after your own heart I think one that will be dear to you indeed, or I am much mistaken in your love of Books, interspersed with fine stanzas of oriental Poetry, altogether in my opinion a real Book. and then the Sacconitala & Indian Drama—the Flowery Scrawl, a Chinese Novel. These few fragments I hope will help to lift the Veil of the East to thee.
P.S. In Emerson's new Book Society and Solitude, the Essay upon Books makes references to several oriental Books. I hope that notice of them will promote their publication by some Publisher or else some Society will be formed to do it. people who are lovers of the Writings of Emerson & Mazzini ought to take the matter in hand and do it effectually. then we would possess the necessary works for a proper study of Humanity in all ages and in all Countries.
P.S. Friends here would like a Portrait of your without your Hat.—a Card would do—
I got the 2 Newspapers you sent me all safe
Small Box of Books as follows, per Suttons Parcel Dispatch. addressed W. Whitman,
Attorney General's Office, Washington D. C. U. S. America.—
Dabistan 3 Vols Cloth—
Time & Tide 1——
Mazzini's Duties of Man—
Carlyle a Choice of Books.
Working Classes 1832. 1868.
Memoir of Thomas Bewick
Flowery Scrawl Chinese Novel
Words of a Believer. Lamenais
Christ Europe & Asia
Cooperator with Napoleon on Pauperism
Portraits of Dante & Milton
What is a Christian J. C. Street