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Title: Walt Whitman to Peter Doyle, 7 July 1871

Date: July 7, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01538

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:125. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

July 7, 1871

Dear Pete,

Well here I am still, pretty much the same thing, doing nothing & taking things easy. By your letter I see that you too are jogging along about the same, on your car, with an occasional let up—Often in my jaunts around the city, or on the bay, I wish you were with me, as you would enjoy it much—I have seen Mr. Hart,1 formerly of the Chronicle—he is about the same in appearance as formerly—Pete, I will not write much this time, as I am feeling somewhat dull and stupid this forenoon—We had a fine shower last night, and there is some breeze—but it is pretty warm and oppressive—

Pete, here is a loving kiss for you, dear son, and much, much love for you, as ever, from your affectionate comrade & father—



1. Michael C. Hart was listed as a printer in the Washington Directory of 1869, and was the person to whom Walt Whitman sent publicity puffs for insertion in the Washington Daily Morning Chronicle; see Doyle's letter to Walt Whitman on October 5, 1868. Hart was listed as an editor in the New York Directory of 1871–1872. [back]


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