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Title: John Burroughs to Walt Whitman, 17 August 1883

Date: August 17, 1883

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01147

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.

Editorial note: The annotation, "see notes June 30 1888," is in the hand of Horace Traubel.

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Esopus, NY,
Aug 17, 83

Dear Walt:

Drop me a line where & how you are, & what your plans are for the fall.

We are just back from Roxbury where we went in July. We are all pretty well. I rec'd Dr Buckes book & thank you for it. I had already purchased & read it. I cannot say that I care much for what Dr Bucke has to say; he gives me no new hint or idea. Wm O'Connors letter is a treat, with a little too much seasoning. If Wm would only practice a little more self-denial, he would be much more effective. He could write so that his critics could not laugh at him.

The review of the book in the Tribune, was by a woman—a Miss H—(I forget her name) regularly employed upon the paper. The latter part of June Gilder & I went to Concord & spent a couple of days there, called on Mrs Emerson, liked her much, supped & breakfasted with Sanborn & had a pleasant time. Young Dr Emerson, seems a worthy son of his father. I liked him much.

If we ever get another girl in this house & the kitchen machinery running smoothly again, I shall come for you & take no denial. I think it would lengthen my days to see you once more.

With love
John Burroughs


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