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Title: Richard Maurice Bucke to Walt Whitman, 12 March 1883

Date: March 12, 1883

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05169

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 The Letters of Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke to Walt Whitman, ed. Artem Lozynsky (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1977), 17. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Eder Jaramillo, Nima Najafi Kianfar, and Nicole Gray

Asylum, London,
March 12, 831

I have yours of 9th2 & proofs down to galley No 183—If 1st batch proofs not reached you yet go on without it, no important corrections as far as I remember—You need not send O'Connor's letter4 or Good Gray Poet to me in proof I will leave them to you & him—I will mail 3d & 4th batches back to you tomorrow morning—I am well satisfied on the whole so far

R M B.


1. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman | 431 Stevens Street | Camden | New Jersey U.S.A. It is postmarked: LONDON | PM | MR 12 | 83 | CANADA; CAMDEN, N.J. | MAR | 14 | 2 PM | RECD. [back]

2. Whitman's letter to Bucke of March 9, 1883, is recorded among the lost letters (Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller [New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977], 3:438). [back]

3. Whitman made the following entries in his Commonplace Book: 6 March 1883: "Dr Bucke's book now in the hands of the printers—Sherman & Co: Phila." 9 March 1883: "—sent to Dr B galleys 13 to 17–18—in mail 1 o'c also letter" (Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]

4. Bucke is referring to the letter O'Connor wrote as a preface to The Good Gray Poet ("Mr. O'Connor's Letter, 1883," Walt Whitman [Philadelphia: David McKay, 1883], 73–98). [back]


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