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Title: Emma Riley to Walt Whitman, 23 November [1883]

Date: November 23, 1883

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03630

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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Nov 23rd/[83?]

Dear Sir

Will you also send me "Leaves of Grass" the same edition as "Specimen Days" that I may have your works complete. I have not yet seen it but have read several of the poems—"Lines on a Locomotive" I cut out of a newspaper years ago before I knew your name thinking it very forcible & grand. Trusting that you still enjoy life & that as sometimes happens the paralysis is decreasing & that you are surrounded by kind friends; & surely you must be for are not you the friend of every man!

I feel the [confidence?] of me of those [friends?] that you will find no presumption in my writing thus, & again thanking you for the assurance of that brotherly feeling

Believe me
Sincerely yours
Emma Riley


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