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Title: Fred W. Rauch to Walt Whitman, 24 June 1880

Date: June 24, 1880

Whitman Archive ID: man.00042

Source: Charles Sixsmith Collection at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester. 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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June 24th

Walt Whitman Esq
Dear Sir

Having made quite a flying trip around this section of Europe,1 I arrived in Heidelberg yesterday morning, was thinking of you whilst perambulating about the castle Ruins here well knowing how you loved the romantic, the most delightful and romantic surroundings I have yet seen the Neckar Thal produces. Today in company with a young man from Bremen I ascended the Heidelberg the terminus of the Baden Schwarzwald, being intersected By the Neckar the highest point here is about 1580 high above level of the city the view extends to Manheim Strasbourg and points 50, and 60 miles distant would like to write more but time presses.

Your Respy
F.W. Rauch


1. Fred W. Rauch worked on the Camden ferry that Whitman frequently rode after moving to the city in 1873. In Specimen Days Whitman calls Rauch one of his "ferry friends" (Floyd Stovall, ed. [New York: New York University Press, 1963], 183). [back]


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