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Title: Edward Carpenter to Walt Whitman, 16 March 1882

Date: March 16, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01237

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, "from E Carpenter (enclosing Sharp letter on L of G)," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.

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Bradway near Sheffield
16. Mar./82

Dear Old Walt—

I should like a line from you. I have not had time exactly to write to you lately—or rather I have written so many letters, business affairs mostly, connected with my brothers & sisters, that I have not wanted to write any more.

I enclose you a letter I am sure you will like to read—which I got the other day from a friend. He is a clever fellow, with flashes of genius—classical minded—but you are too much for him!

I have about finished what I am writing at present. It is in paragraphs some short, (half a line or so), some long, in the ordinary prose form, tho' poetical in character. It is a good deal made up of previous writings of the last 5 or 6 years squeezed out—a drop or two here & there. I have thought for some time of calling it "Towards Democracy" and I do not see any reason for altering the title—though the word democracy does not often occur in it.

With love to you as always
Your friend


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