Title: And to the soul
Creator: Walt Whitman
Date: 1855 or earlier
Whitman Archive ID: loc.05175
Source: The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1842–1937, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images of the original. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.
Editorial note: Edward Grier notes that the paper matches that of a manuscript dated 1855 or earlier, suggesting a similar date for this manuscript (Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 1:171).
Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Janel Cayer, Kevin McMullen, Nicole Gray, and Kenneth M. Price
And to the soul every feeble and helpless creature is its child
Ministers Clergymen? get their two or ten thousand a year, and members of Congress their eight dollars a day; and certainly it is right enough as the [illegible] by the ^moral theory that floats on the surface;.—wWhich is exactly the same as the paper money theory; every body knows that it is not money and the puzzle is never clearly exactly satisfied; but the bills pass and we will take them as long as we other folks do.—
Moon blind moon eyed horse.—There are ^some horses who see perfectly well except at a certain change or quartering of the moon.—At that period, no matter when it comes, they are blind.—Horses so affected are liable by any bad management hard work &c to become confirmedly blind