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Title: Rebecca [?] to Walt Whitman, 29 December [1867]

Date: December 29, [1867]

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04946

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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Dec 29, [67?]
1294 Atlantic Av

Your essay on Democracy1 stirred the depths within me [I would say?] no flatering word to you my friend but I would take you by the hand. I am unlearned and cannot see the same thoughts so as to form them in my mind yet their power is clear to me. I hear in them the benediction (Peace on Earth and good will to man) was it (Glory to God in the highest)—perhaps so if I had have put my care down long enough to hear! Democracy has ever been to me a beautiful word but Theocracy [being?] the Christ Unites them. let us wait humbly trustingly until this great truth shall be worked in us. What a boon is Life. how glad I am every day that I am priveledged to be one among my fellows

Love and blessings

Walter Whitman

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1. Whitman's essay "Democracy" was first publishied in The Galaxy 4 (December 1867), 919–933. It was later incorporated into Democratic Vistas (New York: J. S. Redfield, 1871). [back]


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