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Title: Walt Whitman to A. C. Floyd, 7 January [1875?]

Date: January 7, 1875

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02089

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.

Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented, updated, or created by Whitman Archive staff as appropriate.

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431 Stevens st
cor West.
N. Jersey.
Jan 7.1

A. C. Floyd,
Dear Sir,

As far as I can tell by my impression—which is a very vague one, for I have never seen the book—"the White Rose & Red," was reprinted from the foreign copy by the publishers, Roberts Bros. of Boston, a year or two ago—(perhaps more.) Seems to me it was attributed to Robert Buchanan the English poet.2

I am still unwell from my cerebral trouble—but still looking for better times, & counting on them.

Walt Whitman

As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


1. The year is conjectural. [back]

2. White Rose and Red. A Love Story was published by Osgood & Co. in 1873. The name of the author, Robert Buchanan, did not appear on the title page, but there was the following inscription: "To Walt Whitman and Alexander Gardiner, with all friends in Washington, I dedicate this book." [back]


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