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Title: Walt Whitman to Abby H. Price, 14 September 1868

Date: September 14, 1868

Whitman Archive ID: pml.00026

Source: The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:44. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

Attorney General's Office,
Sept. 14, 1868 1

Dear Abby,

I shall come on in the train that leaves here in the middle of the day, to-morrow Tuesday, 15th, & gets in New York at 10 at night—so I shall be up there by or before 11 to-morrow night—(to-night for you reading this.)

I am really pleased that you can accommodate me, & make great reckoning of being with you, & of my room, &c—but wish [to] have it distinctly understood, in all friendship, that I pay for my room, &c, just the same as any body else—positively I will not come on any other terms—& you must just let it be as I say this time—I have lots of money—in fact untold wealth—& I shall not feel right if you undertake to alter this part of my programme—I am feeling well & hearty—I wish you to read my piece2 in the "Broadway London Magazine," just out—it was written for you among the rest—In a few hours I shall be with you.



1. This letter's envelope bears the address, "Mrs. Abby H. Price, | 331 East 55th street, | bet 1st and 2d Av's, | New York City." It is postmarked: "Washington, D.C. | Sep | 14." [back]

2. "Whispers of Heavenly Death." [back]


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