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Title: Hannah Whitman Heyde to Walt Whitman, [14 July 1883]

Date: July 14, 1883

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00670

Source: Hannah Louisa Whitman Heyde Papers, 1853–1892, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 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.

Editorial note: The annotation, "14 July '83," is in an unknown hand.

Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Stefan Schöberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Nicole Gray, and Elizabeth Lorang

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Saturday afternoon

My dearest Brother

I rec'd your card and Book, some little time since was glad to hear how you was.—

Has not Dr Bucke done grandly, splendidly, I was so much interested I sat up two nights till after twelve, when it first came. It is just perfect, the pictures, book, everything

I am glad to have it, the pictures are very fine,—(I like Mr O Connor) I cant tell you Walt how much I prize the book

I hope to live to see you and have a good talk. I am writing in a hurry, Charlie was going down town. I took a notion all at once to send my pictures, I have not been very prompt have I Walt about the pictures these were taken four months ago, I intended to go and have a full face taken, did go again to Atwoods, he was buisy these I send of his are bad are not a good likeness, Browns, look more like me. Charlie did not like Browns at all at first (he does not say so much against them now) so of course I felt disappointed. If I get a good full face I will send it. I am afraid these will not be very satisfactory. I dont make a good picture

Charlie starts for the Adirondacks Monday, I have been busy getting his things all right. I dont know how long he will stay some weeks certainly.

Dear Walt I am always so glad to hear from you, I think about you often and always I send you and all the rest ever and ever so much love, I am pretty well now have not been quite well, after all there is really no real sickness no disease the only thing about it Walt is I have fretted and worried make myself sick almost sometimes. I must turn over a new leaf & do better

Good bye dear


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