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Title: Walt Whitman to William Michael Rossetti, 12 July [1878]

Date: July 12, 1878

Whitman Archive ID: tex.00434

Source: T. E. Hanley Collection, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1964), 3:129. 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, Anthony Dreesen, Kevin McMullen, Nicole Gray, and Stefan Schöberlein

Camden New Jersey
U S America1
July 12

Yours of June 3d, with enclosure,2 rec'd. Thanks. The books will be sent next mail. I still keep pretty well, for me—just returned here from a month's jaunt, New York-ward—(I sent you a paper with a descriptive letter)3—The G[ilchrist]s are at Northampton, Mass:—all well—(B[eatrice] is at the Woman's Hospital Boston)—This place is still my headquarters—but I get off a good deal.



1. This letter bears the address: Wm M Rossetti | 56 Euston Square | London W | England. It is postmarked: Camden | Jul | 12 | N.J.; London N.W. | C 7 | Paid | 23 | Jy 78. [back]

2. A money order for $24 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). See Whitman's letter to Rossetti of July 28, 1878[back]

3. Whitman referred to "A Poet's Recreation," published in the New York Tribune on July 4, 1878. [back]


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