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Title: Justin Huntly McCarthy to Walt Whitman, 23 September 1876

Date: September 23, 1876

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05802

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: This letter has been crossed out, and on the back, Whitman wrote notes under the heading "the Ramāyana." Whitman is referring to The Rāmāyana, a Sanskrit epic ascribed to Maharishi Valmiki.

Contributors to digital file: Amanda J. Axley and Stephanie Blalock

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48, Gower Street,
Bedford Square,

Saturday 23 Sept. 1876

Dear Walt Whitman

I have received your volume and thank you heartily My Father,1 who had the pleasure of meeting you in America—which I had not, though I have lived in & love the land—and to whom you kindly gave a copy of your 'Leaves of Grass' sends his warm regards & desires to be remembered.

One of the humblest of your admirers
Justin H. McCarthy

Justin Huntly McCarthy (1859–1936) was an Irish novelist and politician. He served as a member of Parliament from 1884 to 1892.


1. Justin McCarthy (1830–1912) was an Irish nationalist, journalist, and novelist. He served as a member of Parliament from 1879 to 1900, and he was the father of Justin Huntly McCarthy (1859–1936). [back]


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