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Title: Herbert Gilchrist to Walt Whitman, 23 December 1886

Date: December 23, 1886

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02172

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

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23rd December 1886.
12. Well Road. Hampstead
London England.

My dear Walt:

I received yr post-card this week, and frwrd it to Leonard M. Brown,1 as I thought it would please him. He is a very nice man,—young, a school master;—something very striking about him:—Brown [intends?] going to America next summer, when no doubt he will call upon you.

You have not acknowledged Richard Colles'2 £2. sent by me per money order before Browns £5. and I have also remitted to you 14s.6d from Cambridge friends, since I sent Brown's, kindly let me know about these two sums soon as you can. Glad to have pretty good accounts of you.

You make no allusion to my Book or my little confidences thereon: do you care for a copy?

Herbert H. Gilchrist.

Herbert Harlakenden Gilchrist (1857–1914), son of Alexander and Anne Gilchrist, was an English painter and editor of Anne Gilchrist: Her Life and Writings (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1887). For more information, see Marion Walker Alcaro, "Gilchrist, Herbert Harlakenden (1857–1914)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


1. Leonard Morgan Brown (c. 1857–1928) was an English teacher and friend of Herbert Gilchrist. [back]

2. Richard W. Colles was probably one of the many students of Edward Dowden who became fervid admirers of Whitman. For more, see Philip W. Leon, "Dowden, Edward (1843–1913)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). [back]


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