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Title: Herbert J. Bathgate to Walt Whitman, 2 July 1880

Date: July 2, 1880

Whitman Archive ID: man.00045

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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Oakenholt Hall
nr Flint: England
2nd July 1880

Dear Walt Whitman

I am very grateful for your kindness in sending me so many interesting papers from time to time.1 The article on Emerson has touched me very nearly. It is great and good—

My object in writing now is merely to thank you for your thoughtfulness & to call your attention to my change of address.

With affection & respect
Herbert J. Bathgate


1. Herbert J. Bathgate was a British author and friend of the art critic John Ruskin. His essay "Ouida" was advertised in the 1881 Trübner & Co. reprint of Whitman's preface to his first edition of Leaves of Grass. Whitman commented on Bathgate later in life: "Bathgate writes genuinely, considerately: he has no affectations" (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Monday, January 28, 1889). [back]


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