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Title: Walt Whitman to Herbert Gilchrist, 2 January [1877]

Date: January 2, 1877

Whitman Archive ID: emu.00001

Source: Special Collections Department, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Ted Genoways (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004), 7:50. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Kevin McMullen, Nicole Gray, and Kenneth Price

Tuesday noon Jan 22

The snow is so heavy & the ferry obstructed so by ice I defer my coming for a day or two.3 I am feeling pretty well & will come soon—(I won't trouble you to come over for me)



1. The envelope for this letter bears the address: Herbert H. Gilchrist | 1929 North 22d Street | Philadelphia. It is postmarked: Camden | Jan 2 | N.J. [back]

2. For confirmation of this date, see the letter from Whitman to Herbert Gilchrist dated early 1877. Based on the information in this letter, the former letter must have been composed in the last days of 1876, not the early days of 1877, as previously supposed. [back]

3. Whitman ended up delaying his visit until January 10 to 16 and again from January 25 to February 2. [back]


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