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Title: O.W. True to Walt Whitman, 1 September 1889

Date: September 1, 1889

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04264

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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Walt Whitman, Esq.

"Leaves of Grass"—I have read them! Thanks for writing them, whose pages glitter so with pregnant drops of such noble, grand Naturism

–scarcely diluted with a stain of super-naturalism
–so conprehensive —the many, the One to be—Us all!

O Walt! O Bruno!

Many will yet thank you.

Walt Whitman Class may I not join it—thy pupil be—till time with us is no more?

Truly yours
till then—
O. W. True.

Farmington, Me.,

Little is known about the physician O.W. True. Dr. True succeeded Dr. Henry Warren (H. W.) Hamilton as a practicing homeopathic physician in Farmington, Franklin County, Maine. Dr. Hamilton, who is credited with bringing homeopathy to Farmington in 1861, later moved to Vermont, leaving his practice to Dr. True. See "History of Homeopathy in Maine. An Address before the Homeopathic Medical Society of Maine by William E. Payne, M.D., of Bath, Me 1867," North American Journal of Homeopathy 16 (November 1867), 210–226. See also "Dr. Henry Warren Hamilton," New England Families: Genealogical and Memorial, ed. William Richard Cutter, A. M., Vol. 3 (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1941), 1481–1482.


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