Life & Letters


About this Item

Title: Walt Whitman to Herbert Gilchrist, 23 March [1878]

Date: March 23, 1878

Whitman Archive ID: hyb.00005

Source: Walt Whitman Collection, 1842–1957, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1964), 3:112–113. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Alicia Bones, Grace Thomas, Anthony Dreesen, Kevin McMullen, and Nicole Gray

page image
image 1
page image
image 2

March 23 a m1

Dear Herby

Last night the best night for a week & I count on getting better now—only weakness very pronounced & general, & a little sickish—rheumatic pains in shoulder & wrist still present, but much modified—tell Bee I am wearing the flannel sleeve constantly—it was just about what I was wanting—

Herb, I hope you will lay on while your hand is in & finish the black & white drawing all up2—hope you will put in to-morrow some good licks, Lord willing—I am making great calculations about it—hope I shant be disappointed—

Love to all—
Hope to be over Monday evening next—


1. The envelope for this letter bears the address: Herbert Gilchrist | 1929 North 22d Street | Philadelphia. It is postmarked: Camden | Mar | 23 | N.J.; Philad'a, Pa. | Mar | 23 | 8 PM | Rec'd. [back]

2. See the reference to Herbert's drawing of Whitman in the letter of March 8, 1878. Herbert visited Whitman on the following evening, and Mrs. Gilchrist called on March 27 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman,1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]


Published Works | In Whitman's Hand | Life & Letters | Commentary | Resources | Pictures & Sound

Support the Archive | About the Archive

Distributed under a Creative Commons License. Matt Cohen, Ed Folsom, & Kenneth M. Price, editors.