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Title: Walt Whitman to Alma Calder Johnston, 24 September 1881

Date: September 24, 1881

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:246–247. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00439

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

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Sept: 24 1881

Dear Alma

Every thing is going on & has gone on satisfactorily—My book is finished in the type setting & plate-casting, & if things turn out wrong any way I shall have only myself to blame, for I have had my own way in every thing—

Spent a few days at Concord—had the good luck to light on the most blessed time that Emerson has had of late years—the old man came to see me Saturday evening, & made a long stay—Sunday he & Mrs E gave me a dinner—every thing just as it should be, & just suited me—I think Emerson more significant & glorified in his present condition than any of his former days—

Joaquin Miller is here—I am with him every day—Longfellow has been to see me—I have met O W Holmes, Henry James Sr &c—Should like to come on to N Y abt 1st of October, & stay at your house a week or ten days—Write me & say if all right—Love to John, Ally,1 & the girls & babies, address me Hotel Waterston, 8 Bullfinch Place here—

Walt Whitman


1. Mrs. Johnston's son, Albert. [back]


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