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Title: Walt Whitman to John Burroughs, 12 October [1875]

Date: October 12, 1875

Whitman Archive ID: prc.00045

Source: Private collection of Dr. R. J. H. DeLoach. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 5:301–302. 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, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad

431 Stevens st.
cor West.
N. Jersey,
Oct. 121

Your good letter rec'd. I am no worse—can hardly say better, either, (though if any difference, it is that)—C. W. E[ldridge] called to see me on his way back to Wash. & has written to me from there since. O'C[onnor] is well & flourishing. I think of soon going to Wash. for a few days—

W W.


1. This letter's envelope bears the address, "John Burroughs, | Esopus, Ulster co | New York." It is postmarked: "Camden | Oct | 12 | N.J."

Since Whitman went to Washington on November 8, 1875 (see Whitman's November 3, 1875, and November 5, 1875 letters to Peter Doyle), 1875 appears to be a plausible date. [back]


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