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Title: Walt Whitman to Peter Doyle, 7 July 1871

Date: July 7, 1871

Source: 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.

Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01538

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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