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Title: Walt Whitman to Robert Buchanan, 4 April 1876

Date: April 4, 1876

Whitman Archive ID: loc.02828

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

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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