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Title: Walt Whitman to Robert Buchanan, 4 April 1876

Date: April 4, 1876

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:36–37. 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.02828

Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

431 Stevens st
cor West
N Jersey
U S America
April 4 '761

Robert Buchanan—My dear friend—

I merely want to say that I have read your letter in the London Daily News2—all your three letters—& that I deeply appreciate them, & do not hesitate to accept & respond to them in the same spirit in which they were surely impelled & written.

May God bless you & yours,
Walt Whitman.


1. This draft letter is endorsed, "to Buchanan | April 4 '76 | Sent B the N Y | letter of July 4 '78 | (to Olean Scotland)." The last three lines of the endorsement were added three years later. Whitman referred to "A Poet's Recreation," published in the New York Tribune on July 4, 1878; see Whitman's July 12, 1878 letter to Whitelaw Reid. [back]

2. Buchanan's article of March 13, 1876; Whitman had referred to it in a March 17, 1876 letter to William Michael Rossetti. [back]


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