Title: Walt Whitman to John Swinton, 12 April 
Date: April 12, 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), 6:13. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: The location of the original manuscript is unknown.
Whitman Archive ID: med.00455
Contributors to digital file: Janel Cayer, Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad
431 Stevens St., Camden, N Jersey
April 12 1
I have adopted your suggestion & written (same mail with this) to Wm. Swinton, Ward, Dr. Seeger, Stedman, [J.] Miller, Mr. Jardine—I am entirely satisfied with your letter, (as with Buchanan's and Rossetti's action in London.)2 I am pleased well with what you write me in, & are doing by, your letter . . . Things go on with me much the same as usual of late . . . When you see any thing notable or pungent about me or my affairs, send it to me, as I neither see or hear much here.
1. Transcript. [back]
In April 1876, Whitman, with the assistance of friends in America and abroad,
began a promotional campaign for the sale of Leaves of
Grass (sixth edition) and Two Rivulets. John
Swinton suggested that a circular be sent to his brother William, John
Quincy Adams Ward, Dr. Ferdinand Seeger, Edmund Clarence Stedman, Joaquin
Miller, and D. Jardine, most of whom ordered copies of the books. See also
the notes to Whitman's April 12, 1876 letter
to various friends.
Swinton reported Whitman's "penury" in an article in the New York Herald on April 1, 1876. Robert Buchanan and William Michael Rossetti made appeals to English admirers to relieve the poet's poverty. [back]