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Title: Walt Whitman to Deaf and Dumb Callers, 22 January 1889

Date: January 22, 1889

Whitman Archive ID: loc.07571

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 Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:273. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Blake Bronson-Bartlett, Ryan Furlong, Ian Faith, and Stephanie Blalock

Glad to see you—the doctor prohibits callers nearly altogether—but I suppose because they talk too much—wh' I find you do not—but I can only say Hail—& good bye—

Walt Whitman
Jan: 22 '89

Little is known about these correspondents who seemingly visited Whitman in Camden. Whitman likely wrote this note to communicate with his visitors, who could neither hear nor speak.


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