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Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to Edmund Yates, 7 May 1873

Date: May 7, 1873

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:218. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01578

Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad




Washington, D.C.
May 7, 1873.

My dear Edmund Yates,1

Pardon me for my forgetfulness about the pictures. I send you three, to make it up. I have been putting off every thing—forgetting every thing—till I feel well again—for I am still in a pretty bad way—but shall come round again by-and-by, with the blessing of God—And so, (as Mr. Philp's2 messenger is waiting) I shake hands across—& abruptly bid you good bye, for this time.


Walt Whitman

My address here is Solicitor's Office, Treasury, and shall always be happy to hear from you.


Notes:

1. Edmund Yates (1831–1894) was the drama critic of the London Daily News, a novelist, and the author of several farces. On a lecture tour of the United States in 1872 and 1873, he met Walt Whitman in Washington in March 1873; see Yates' Fifty Years of London Life: Memoirs of a Man of the World (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1885), 402, and Doyle's comments on Yates's meetings with Walt Whitman, in The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1902), 8:13–14. In 1868 Yates had reviewed the London edition of Whitman's poem in the Leader; Yates's review was quoted generously in a review cited in Whitman's April 28–May 4, 1868 letter to Louisa Van Velsor Whitman. [back]

2. Mr. Philp was one part of Philp & Solomon booksellers in Washington, D.C. [back]


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