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Correspondence

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Title: Charles L. Heyde to Walt Whitman, [27] April 1891

Date: April [27], 1891

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00459

Source: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Blake Bronson-Bartlett, Ian Faith, Alex Ashland, and Stephanie Blalock



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Monday. April 1891.

Our dearly appreciated friend and brother Walt.

Han1 is much better today—Is in the kitchen now after her repast. Mentions your name ever—declares that she will endeavour to write a postal of thanks to you—with mine for your last donation.2

I have bought numerous delacacies with it for her—And now I am expecting ½ ton of coal, adding a dollar myself—regretting that I could not pay for all—of it—

But the weather must soon change from this freezing damp—and the bulbs come up and out. Han had a visit from our pleasant neighbour yesterday—

Gratefully Walt
ever Yours—
Charlie


Correspondent:
Charles Louis Heyde (ca. 1820–1892), a French-born landscape painter, married Hannah Louisa Whitman (1823–1908), Walt Whitman's sister, and they lived in Burlington, Vermont. Charles Heyde was infamous among the Whitmans for his offensive letters and poor treatment of Hannah. For more information about Heyde, see Steven Schroeder, "Heyde, Charles Louis (1822–1892)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).

Notes:

1. Hannah Louisa (Whitman) Heyde (1823–1908), youngest sister of Walt Whitman, married Charles Louis Heyde (ca. 1820–1892), a Pennsylvania-born landscape painter. Charles Heyde was infamous among the Whitmans for his offensive letters and poor treatment of Hannah. Hannah and Charles Heyde lived in Burlington, Vermont. For more, see Paula K. Garrett, "Whitman (Heyde), Hannah Louisa (d. 1908)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). [back]

2. Heyde is probably referring to the money Whitman sent with his letter to his sister Hannah on April 20, 1891. [back]


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