Title: Walt Whitman to Horace Howard Furness, 4 February 1881
Date: February 4, 1881
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Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977).
Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04291
Contributors to digital file: Eder Jaramillo, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Stefan Schöberlein, Nicole Gray, Elizabeth Lorang, and Alex Kinnaman
431 Stevens Street
Friday noon Feb 4 '81
Thanks dear Horace1 for the warm affectionate letter & for the $10, just rec'd—
—I am kept in by the weather & a special spell of feebleness,—but the first fine day will bring me out—
1. According to the entry in Whitman's Commonplace Book (Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.), Whitman sent Two Rivulets to Horace Howard Furness (1833–1912), the distinguished Shakespearean scholar whom the poet met in 1879. See the letter from Whitman to John Burroughs of March 27, 1879 and the letters from Whitman to Furness of April 8, 1880 and April 13, 1880; see also Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden (1906–1996), 9 vols., 3:520. [back]