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Title: Walt Whitman to John Burroughs, 27 August [1882]

Date: August 27, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: med.00692

Source: The location of this manuscript is unknown. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:302. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schoeberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, Kirsten Clawson, and Nicole Gray

Camden N J1
Aug 27

All going on well with me—Your good letter rec'd—The type-setting of "Specimen Days" will be all finished the coming week & the book out ten days afterward2—same sized vol: same sort of type, binding, general appearance &c. with L of G—same price—As I write (Sunday afternoon) up in my 3d story room, heavy clouds, the rain falling in torrents—


Does not what you saw of English society explain a good deal of Carlyle's cussedness?


1. This letter is addressed: John Burroughs | Esopus-on-Hudson | New York. It is postmarked: Camden | (?) | 27 | 5 PM | N.J. [back]

2. Specimen Days was not ready until October 1 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]


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