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Title: Walt Whitman to John Burroughs, 21 August [1883]

Date: August 21, 1883

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01139

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, 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.

Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented, updated, or created by Whitman Archive staff as appropriate.

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Germantown Phila1
Aug 21

Yours of 17th rec'd2—I am out here this month on a visit to an old Quaker friend—very pleasant quarters & plenty of room (the family all away at Newport)—a large garden, library, every afternoon a long drive, &c. Nothing very new—I am middling well—hot weather here—no special plans for the fall—it is 4½ P M & I am just going out for an evening drive



1. This letter is addressed: John Burroughs | Esopus-on-Hudson | New York. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | Aug | 21 | 6 PM | Pa. [back]

2. In his letter of August 17 Burroughs commented on Bucke's book: "I cannot say that I care much for what Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke has to say; he gives no new hint or idea" (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden [1906–1996], 9 vols., 1:403). Evidently Burroughs did not recognize Whitman's hand in the book. [back]


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