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Title: Walt Whitman to Anne Gilchrist, 26 December 1871

Date: December 26, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: upa.00012

Source: Walt Whitman Collection, 1842–1957, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:145. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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

U. S.
Dec. 26, '71.

Dear friend,

Your late letter has just reached me—& I write at once to at least say specifically that both your letter of Sept. 6 and that of Oct. 151 safely reached me—this that comes to-day being the third.

Again I will say that I am sure I appreciate & accept your letters, & all they stand for, as fully as even you, dear friend, could wish—& as lovingly & bona fide.2

Walt Whitman


1. In her November 27, 1871 letter, Gilchrist wrote anxiously about her earlier letters, actually written on September 3–6 and October 23, 1871. "Baffled & almost despairing," she sent two copies of her November letter; see her letter of January 24, 1872[back]

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