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Title: Walt Whitman to Franklin B. Sanborn, 14 November 1882

Date: November 14, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: mas.00002

Source: Massachusetts Historical Society. 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.

Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented, updated, or created by Whitman Archive staff as appropriate.

Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Stefan Schöberlein, and Nicole Gray

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431 Stevens Street1
Camden New Jersey
Nov: 14 '82

Dear friend S—

I have rec'd from Boston the "Life of Thoreau"2—(& suppose I am indebted to you for it—real thanks)—The telling of Life after all refuses to be put in a polish'd, formal, consecutive statement—better, living glints, samples, autographic letters above all, memoranda of friends &c—You have pursued this plan & the result justifies—Froude's late "Carlyle," a precious book, pursues it too—& succeeds—

Walt Whitman


1. This post card is addressed: F B Sanborn | Concord | Mass:. It is postmarked: Camden | Nov | 14 | 5 PM | N.J. [back]

2. Sanborn's Henry D. Thoreau appeared in the "American Men of Letters" series in 1882. [back]


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