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Title: Walt Whitman to William Sloane Kennedy, 13 April [1883]

Date: April 13, 1883

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00772

Source: The Trent Collection of Walt Whitman Manuscripts, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:337–338. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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

431 Stevens Street Camden N J1
April 13—Afternoon

Your "Holmes" rec'd2—thank you kindly—The brief glance over & through it I have given impresses me what a clean piece of work it is—what a presentable book—Dr R M Bucke of Canada has just finished the printing (type-setting) of his book "Walt Whitman"—to be published here ab't end of this month by David McKay, 23 South 9th Phila.3—(Pub'r of my books) I will send you one soon as it is out—I am well, for me—have had a pretty good winter—

Walt Whitman

thanks for your brief, flashing, indirect glances on me—not so indirect either—


1. This letter is endorsed (by Kennedy?): "1883." [back]

2. Oliver Wendell Holmes (Boston, 1883) contains a brief reference to the Boston censorship (256). [back]

3. Bucke's biography was bound on June 1 and was formally released on June 20 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]


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