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Title: Walt Whitman to John Burroughs, 18 June [1872]

Date: June 18, 1872

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00303

Source: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:178. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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June 18.1

John Burroughs,
Dear friend,

I rec'd your letter this forenoon, & went over to New York to see about the trunks—finally found the man in charge of expressage on board the Mary Powell, who said that he took them up to Rondout on the Powell yesterday, & landed them, to be forwarded to you—So I take it that they have all reached you safely before you get this.

I am home here in Brooklyn, having the usual sort of a time—Mother is only middling this summer—My brother George & his wife, at Camden, N. J., are so strenuous for mother to break up housekeeping & go live with them, that I think she will go, next September—

I expect to be on hand at Hanover on Wednesday afternoon 26th—it is middle or latter part of the afternoon I am to be on exhibition—shall hope to see you, dear friend, on the great occasion2

Walt Whitman


1. This letter's envelope bears the address, "John Burroughs, | Roxbury, | Delaware Co. | New York." It is postmarked: "New York | Jun | 18 | 9(?)." [back]

2. Burroughs was not able to attend the Dartmouth commencement; see Clara Barrus, Whitman and Burroughs—Comrades (Boston: Houghton Mifflin & Co., 1931), 73. [back]


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