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Title: Henry Hurt to Walt Whitman, 5 October 1868

Date: October 5, 1868

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01834

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.

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Washington and Georgetown Railroad Company
Oct. 5th 1868

Dear friend

You know how I am situated, and can make some allowance for a brief letter, I expect you will like it better so, however, for I should fail to interest you if I had plenty time. I am pleased to know that you are enjoying your leave of absence so much, may you continue to do so until you return. Your favor of 2d inst. to me, and papers for others were duly received, and I am requested by the recipients to return their thanks for the same. I have finished reading the "Broadway" you sent me, and was so well pleased with it that I expect to order the following numbers until my favorite piece (Stretton)1 is concluded. I am interrupted every minute, and can say, in truth, that I write "under difficulties."

I shall be very glad to hear from you again.

Your friend
Henry Hurt.

Henry Hurt worked for the Washington Railroad Company. According to the Washington Chronicle of January 15, 1874, at that time he was the treasurer of the company.


1. Hurt is referring to the novel Stretton by Henry Kingsley, an English novelist and the brother of the clergyman and professor Charles Kingsley; the novel was serialized in The Broadway from September 1868 to August 1869. [back]


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