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Title: Walt Whitman to C. H. Sholes, 9 June [1880]

Date: June 9, 1880

Whitman Archive ID: prc.00059

Source: Miller cites the location of this letter as the private collection of John Mayfield. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1964), 3:181. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Grace Thomas, Eder Jaramillo, and Kevin McMullen

London Ontario Canada1

I have journey'd out here from my home in Camden, & this will be my head-quarters & P O address for the next two months—(making short leisurely visits to different parts of Canada, but coming back here)—I have rec'd the two Iowa papers, with my soldiers' poem commemorative of Decoration day—believe me I appreciate your kind mention2

I am well as usual—Best remembrances—June 9—

Walt Whitman


1. This letter is addressed: C H Sholes | Short-Hand Reporter | Des Moines | Iowa | U S A. It is postmarked: London | (?) | Ju 10 | 8(?) | Ontario. [back]

2. C. H. Sholes, a shorthand reporter in Des Moines, Iowa, requested the 1876 edition on March 12, 1880 (see the letter from Whitman to Sholes of March 12). Whitman noted receiving an "ardent letter from him" in the same month. Sholes on June 30 "saw Dr B[ucke] and myself in Dr B's library—London" (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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