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Title: Walt Whitman to Andrew Kerr, 10 September 1866

Date: September 10, 1866

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00216

Source: Oscar Lion Papers, 1914–1955, New York Public Library, New York, N.Y. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 1:286. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Vanessa Steinroetter, and Alyssa Olson

New York,
Sept. 10, 1866.

Dear Andy,1

I rec'd your letter last Saturday—I intended to return day after to-morrow, but shall not be able to, till the last of the week, or the early part of next week. The reason is that my book, which is a little more than half done, does not get along as fast as the printers agreed—& if I do not stay & finish it, (the supervision of it,) it will be botched & full of blunders.

I am in good health & all goes well. Andy, dear boy, I hope my delay of a few days will not put you out—Write to me, & tell me about the office, & my friends there. Don't forward any letters that come after Friday next, but put them in my drawer. Once more—I send my love to you & all.



1. Andrew Kerr was, according to the 1866 Directory, a clerk in the Attorney General's office. [back]


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