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Title: Walt Whitman to Mr. and Mrs. Damon Y. Kilgore, 24 January 1877

Date: January 24, 1877

Whitman Archive ID: prc.00051

Source: This letter is privately owned by Florence A. Hoadley. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:75-76. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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Jan 24 '77

My dear Damon Kilgore | & Mrs Kilgore

I will be at the Commemorative meeting. I would like to speak from ten to twenty minutes before Mr Phillips's address. What I have to offer might be called A true Reminiscence of Thomas Paine. I shall be to-morrow evening & night, and all Friday, & the following night & forenoon, at 1929 north 22d street, Phila. (north of Berks)1—& if it would be convenient for you to send a carriage there for me at about 1½ p m Sunday it would suit me—Call on or address me there Friday forenoon or evening, or Saturday forenoon before 12—

Walt Whitman

Thanks for the hospitality—hearty thanks—I will accept if I can Sunday—but it is not certain—


1. Whitman was with the Gilchrists from January 25 to February 2 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]


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