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Title: Walt Whitman to Rudolf Schmidt, 8 October 1882

Date: October 8, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: rlc.00019

Source: The Royal Library of Copenhagen. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:310. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Stefan Schöberlein, and Nicole Gray

Camden, New Jersey—U S America
Oct: 8 '821

Your handsome "Buster og Masker"2 has safely reach'd me—best thanks—I will soon send you a copy of my prose "Specimen Days"3—Dr Bucke's book is not printed yet—My volumes are now published in Philadelphia & are selling fairly—I rec'd. & acknowledg'd g'd Thorsteinsson's poems4—I am well as usual—

Walt Whitman


1. This letter is addressed: Rudolf Schmidt | Baggesen's Gate 3 | Copenhagen | Denmark. It is postmarked: Camden | Oct | 8 | 6 PM | N.J.; K | Omb 1 | 3 10 82. [back]

2. Buster og Masker contains a revised version of Schmidt's essay on Whitman originally published in 1872. Schmidt's book, inscribed, is now in the Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. [back]

3. See the post card from Whitman to Schmidt of October 13, 1882[back]

4. See the letter from Whitman to Schmidt of December 18, 1881[back]


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