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Title: Walt Whitman to Jeannette L. Gilder, 30 January 1876

Date: January 30, 1876

Whitman Archive ID: prc.00095

Source: Private collection of Dr. Kendall Reed. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Ted Genoways (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004), 7:45. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Jonathan Y. Cheng, Elizabeth Lorang, Nima Najafi Kianfar, and Nicole Gray

431 Stevens st.
cor West. Camden, N. Jersey
January 30.

Jeanette Gilder
Dear Madam,

I though[t] I would send you a copy, (see other side)1 of a note I have just forwarded to the Herald.

I also enclose a slip better describing "the situation",2 (which I wish my friends to bear in mind more than they do.)

I remain about the same. Rec'd your kind note, with piece. Hope I may yet meet you personally—& your brother, (whom I have heard of lately by my friend John Burroughs.)

I also send you a newspaper same mail with this.

Walt Whitman

Jeannette Leonard Gilder (1849–1916) helped her brother, Richard Watson Gilder, edit Scribner's Monthly and then, with another brother, Joseph Benson Gilder, co-edited the Critic (which she co-founded in 1881). For more, see Susan L. Roberson, "Gilder, Jeannette L. (1849–1916)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


1. The reverse is a copy of a letter to the Herald; see the letter from Whitman to the editor of the Herald of January 1876[back]

2. The enclosures are now lost. [back]


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