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Title: Walt Whitman to William F. Channing, 27 September 1868

Date: September 27, 1868

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:47. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: Rhode Island Historical Society

Whitman Archive ID: rdi.00002

Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Zachary King, Eric Conrad, and Nicole Gray

New York,
September 27, 1868.

My dear Dr. Channing:

I yesterday received your kind note. I gladly accept your invitation & hospitality.1 My leave of absence continues for some time yet, & I should probably like to visit you for a few days, just subsequently to the middle of October—But I will write you a day or two before I come.

I send my best respects & love to Mrs. Channing. As I write we are having a rainy, dark sulky Sunday—after a rainy night. I am well & quietly enjoying holiday.

I wish you & wife to read my last piece2 in The Broadway London Magazine for October. You can get it at any good bookstand.

Walt Whitman.


1. Channing (first mentioned in Walt Whitman's September 11, 1864 letter to Ellen M. O'Connor) extended the invitation on September 24, 1868[back]

2. "Whispers of Heavenly Death." [back]


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