Title: Richard Maurice Bucke to Walt Whitman, 19 January 1880
Date: January 19, 1880
Source: Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Notes for this letter were derived from The Letters of Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke to Walt Whitman, ed. Artem Lozynsky (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1977).
Location: Charles Sixsmith Collection at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester
Whitman Archive ID: man.00002
Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Eder Jaramillo, Grace Thomas, and Nicole Gray
Asylum for the Insane,
Jan 19th 1880
My dear Walt
I am going to ask a great favor of you—I want you to write me a sketch of your interior life—especially in relation to the conception and elaboration of "Leaves of Grass" The germanancy and path of such a product as "Leaves of Grass" is a psycological expression almost unique in the history of the race and some record of it ought to remain if possible—I need not explain any further what I want from you for you will understand at once what I mean and you must surely have often thought of putting it upon record1
I hope that you will take this matter into serious and favourable consideration
And I am
R M Bucke