Title: Walt Whitman to Andrew Kerr, 25 August 1866
Date: August 25, 1866
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 1:283-284. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: Yale University
Whitman Archive ID: yal.00096
Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Vanessa Steinroetter, and Alyssa Olson
New York City
August 25, 1866.
The letters arrive safe—I have received three—& I am much obliged to you, Andy, for your attention. I am having good times here, rather quiet—My book is being printed—gets along rather slowly. I ride out on Long Island, & up New York, Central Park, &c. occasionally—the country is beautiful now—I take a walk on Broadway almost every afternoon—then sometimes a sail on the river or bay—so you see I am enjoying myself in my way—with three or four hours work every day reading my proofs, &c—
P.S. Andy, should any more letters come, you may direct them to me at 279 East 55th st. New York City4—I expect to return about 12th Sept.
Finally, I must not neglect to impress upon your youthful mind—also upon that of Mr. F. Stitt—the original & solemn advice, "Be virtuous—& you will be happy."
—from your Christian friend—Walter.
1. Andrew Kerr was, according to the 1866 Directory, a clerk in the Attorney General's office. [back]
2. Matthew F. Pleasants, who later became chief clerk in the Attorney General's office. [back]
3. Frank U. Stitt was pardon clerk in the same office. [back]