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Title: Walt Whitman to Ernest Rhys, 26 June 1887

Date: June 26, 1887

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00586

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), 6:42. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Ryan Furlong, Stefan Schöberlein, Caterina Bernardini, and Stephanie Blalock

Camden New Jersey U S America1
June 26 '87—3 1/2 P M—

Edith & another girl2 have been to see me to-day—nearly two hours—a nice visit—they are well—appear to be enjoying their trip—we all liked them much—they have been to Niagara—I wrote you a while ago that the books had come, & that I liked the get up of them—I will send very soon some more stuff for the "Democratic Vistas,&c. &c." Vol. Fine summer weather—

Walt Whitman

Ernest Percival Rhys (1859–1946) was a British author and editor; he founded the Everyman's Library series of inexpensive reprintings of popular works. He included a volume of Whitman's poems in the Canterbury Poets series and two volumes of Whitman's prose in the Camelot series for Walter Scott publishers. For more information about Rhys, see Joel Myerson, "Rhys, Ernest Percival (1859–1946)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


1. This letter is addressed: Ernest Rhys | Care Walter Scott Publisher | 24 Warwick Lane Paternoster | Row | London | England. It is postmarked: Camden, (?) | Jun 28 | 10 am | 87; Philadelphia | Jun | 28 | 1887 | Paid; London E.C. | A | Jy 8 87 | AB. [back]

2. Edith and her companion are unidentified; perhaps Edith is Rhys's sister. [back]


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