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

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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." Evidently Burroughs did not recognize Whitman's hand in the book. [back]


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