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Title: Walt Whitman to Edward Dowden, 10 November 1882

Date: November 10, 1882

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:313. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: Miller's transcription is based on a transcript by Edward Dowden in the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library.

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00452

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

431 Stevens Street
Nov 10 '82

Your valued letter rec'd, it is like a kindly living talk and hand clasp1—I shall forward it to Burroughs—So good to hear you & yours active, full of receptivity and well—I have lately had a bad spell, prostration &c again, but am now well as usual. Dont forget the Academy2 if it appears—

Walt Whitman.


1. Dowden's letter was sent to O'Connor and others and is apparently lost. On November 21 Dowden acknowledged Whitman's card and urged the poet to "try a voyage across the Atlantic" (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden [New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1915], 2:363). [back]

2. Dowden's review of Specimen Days appeared in The Academy on November 18. See also Clara Barrus, Whitman and Burroughs—Comrades (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1931), 233. [back]


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