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Title: Walt Whitman to John H. Johnston, 28 August 1883

Date: August 28, 1883

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:348. 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.00450

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




Germantown Phila:
Aug: 28 '83

Dear friend

I have been out here 9 or 10 miles from Phil. City Hall all this month at a very secluded place—good quarters, very quiet—on a visit to an old Quaker friend—his large family are all away at Newport—he is absent all day down town at business—& I have the whole premises, house, horse & carriage when I want, large garden, library &c to myself—good grub—with every afternoon a long & delightful drive exploring this beautiful region for miles and miles, Chestnut Hill, Indian Rock, the whole Wissahickon area, &c &c.

I have rec'd (June,1 July, &c) your and Alma's hospitable & affectionate letters, invitations—& I ought to be kicked for not answering them before—but "you know what a wretch I am about such things"—never mind, I appreciate them gratefully—I am well as usual this summer—nothing very new ab't my books or literary fortunes—

I shall make a permanent move from Camden before many months—as my brother's folks are ab't changing to new quarters at Burlington N J—& I shall not accompany them—I don't know where I shall go.

What a glorious summer we have had!—Never one so fine, seems to me—Best love to you all—Specially Alma and Albert.


Walt Whitman


Notes:

1. On June 13 Johnston invited Whitman to meet Grover Cleveland, then governor of New York and "a great admirer of Walt Whitman": "It will boom another edition for you sure pop, and I hope you will come right over and smell the June roses with us." [back]


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