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Title: Walt Whitman to Anne Gilchrist, 11 October [1876]

Date: October 11, 1876

Whitman Archive ID: upa.00019

Source: Walt Whitman Collection, 1842–1957, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented, updated, or created by Whitman Archive staff as appropriate.

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Oct 11 p m

Dearest friend

I am spending a few days down at the old farm, "White Horse"1—wandering most all day (well clad & shod, for it is cool weather here) about the banks, trees, grass &c. by the very secluded beautiful druidic creek—have just picked up a few leaves that seem'd to offer themselves to send specially to you, which I enclose.

I am feeling middling well, for me. Shall send you word—or rather shall send myself—soon as I come back to town—Meanwhile love to you all—

Walt Whitman


1. Whitman was at the Stafford farm in Kirkwood from October 10 to 19 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). Whitman called on the Gilchrists frequently in Philadelphia after their arrival on September 10, and was accompanied by John Burroughs on September 14 and 15 (Whitman's Commonplace Book). [back]


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