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Title: Herbert Gilchrist to Walt Whitman, 27 May 1887

Date: May 27, 1887

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03939

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.

Related item: Walt Whitman included this letter from Herbert Gilchrist, dated May 27, 1887, as an enclosure for Susan Stafford. He wrote his letter to Stafford, dated May 28, 1887, on the back of this letter. See loc.05994.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Stefan Schöberlein, Ian Faith, Stephanie Blalock, Kevin McMullen, and Marie Ernster

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Hotel St. Stephen, European Plan
46 to 52 East Eleventh Street,
Between Broadway and University Place.
W.D.Ryder, Proprietor.
New York,
May 27 1887

Dear Walt;

I arrived here from the "Germanic"1 a few hours ago:—think that I shall stay here in the Germanic 4 or 5 days, not more, and then shall come on to Camden, where I want to lodge, if I can find a lodging. —simply, one decent clean bedroom will do for me.

We had a squally disagreeable passage, notably so for the time of year.

With love to you from
Herbert Harlakenden 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. The Germanic was a steamer passenger ship built in 1874 by the White Star Line in Belfast; it made frequent trips between Liverpool, England, and New York City. When the ship arrived in New York on May 27, 1887, it was carrying 1070 passengers. [back]


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