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

Date: April 13, 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), 3:337–338. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: The Trent Collection of Walt Whitman Manuscripts, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00772

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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