Title: Walt Whitman to Robert Buchanan, 4 April 1876
Date: April 4, 1876
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:36–37. 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.02828
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April 4 '761
Robert Buchanan—My dear friend—
I merely want to say that I have read your letter in the London Daily News2—all your three letters—& that I deeply appreciate them, & do not hesitate to accept & respond to them in the same spirit in which they were surely impelled & written.
May God bless you & yours,
1. This draft letter is endorsed, "to Buchanan | April 4 '76 | Sent B the N Y | letter of July 4 '78 | (to Olean Scotland)." The last three lines of the endorsement were added three years later. Whitman referred to "A Poet's Recreation," published in the New York Tribune on July 4, 1878; see Whitman's July 12, 1878 letter to Whitelaw Reid. [back]
2. Buchanan's article of March 13, 1876; Whitman had referred to it in a March 17, 1876 letter to William Michael Rossetti. [back]