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Title: Edward Dowden to Walt Whitman, 21 November 1882

Date: November 21, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01500

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 Sept 22 1888," is in the hand of Horace Traubel.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schoeberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray

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Rathmines, Dublin.
November 21. 1882.

Dear Mr. Whitman,

Your card & "Progress" have just arrived. I rejoice that with the ill tidings of your recent prostration comes good news of your recovery. May this better condition continue! You annex your friends so closely, that your health & strength becomes part of theirs—

I send you the Academy with my notice of Specimen Days. I closed my review with a wish that you might try a voyage across the Atlantic. It would be a happy thing if we could have you here for a while, where you would find a bedroom, books, &, in summer, flowers & birds, beside a friend or two. Think of this. In London, I am sure, your welcome would be hearty.

Please notice a few lines by the editor of the Academy (I suppose) on p. 362. Who his informant was I do not know.

Most truly yours, dear friend,
Edward Dowden.


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