Title: John Russell Young to Walt Whitman, 3 February 1883
Date: February 3, 1883
Editorial note: The annotation, "see notes Dec 15 1888," is in the hand of Horace Traubel.
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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.04888
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Legation of the United States.
My dear Mr. Whitman:—
I have seen a paragraph in the press to the effect that you are not in good health.—I was sorry to read it, & trust you will not regard as an intrusion a word of kindness and goodwill from an admirer and a friend, ten thousand miles away.—I was glad to have seen you before I left, and apparently destined to live many, many years.—I trust that what I have read was a mere newspaper exaggeration, and in sending you this wish, I send the assurances of my gratitude & esteem, & pray that it may find you enjoying a very happy New Year.—
Jno Russell Young.
Walt Whitman Esq.