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Title: Walt Whitman to Richard Watson Gilder, 17 November [1880]

Date: November 17, 1880

Whitman Archive ID: prc.00060

Source: Private collection of Rosamond Gilder. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1964), 3:195. 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, Anthony Dreesen, Grace Thomas, Kevin McMullen, and Nicole Gray

431 Stevens street
Camden New Jersey1
Nov: 17

My dear friend

I do myself the real pleasure of presenting you with a set of my books—which are sent by same mail with this—I have inscribed Mrs G's name with yours on the fly leaf, & please show her this as a testimony of my remembrance & affection to you both2

Walt Whitman

I am well for me—have been down two weeks in the Jersey woods—return'd last evening—


1. This letter is addressed: R W Gilder | office Scribner's Magazine | 743 Broadway | New York City. It is postmarked: Camden | Nov | 17 | N.J.; New-York | Nov 17 | 8 PM | Rec'd. [back]

2. Mrs. Gilder thanked Whitman for the books on November 20 (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Friday, August 10, 1888, 118–119). [back]


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