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Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to Edward Dowden, 10 November 1882

Date: November 10, 1882

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:313. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: Miller's transcription is based on a transcript by Edward Dowden in the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library.

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00452

Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Stefan Schöberlein, and Nicole Gray




431 Stevens Street
Camden
Nov 10 '82

Your valued letter rec'd, it is like a kindly living talk and hand clasp1—I shall forward it to Burroughs—So good to hear you & yours active, full of receptivity and well—I have lately had a bad spell, prostration &c again, but am now well as usual. Dont forget the Academy2 if it appears—


Walt Whitman.


Notes:

1. Dowden's letter was sent to O'Connor and others and is apparently lost. On November 21 Dowden acknowledged Whitman's card and urged the poet to "try a voyage across the Atlantic" (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden [New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1915], 2:363). [back]

2. Dowden's review of Specimen Days appeared in The Academy on November 18. See also Clara Barrus, Whitman and Burroughs—Comrades (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1931), 233. [back]


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