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Title: Walt Whitman to Anne Gilchrist, [4 September 1877]

Date: September 4, 1877

Whitman Archive ID: upa.00030

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

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Grace Thomas, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray

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By the Pond1
Tuesday—4½ p m

I have just been reading your Monday's note for the second time—& will write a line in rejoinder, with my French water pen, moistened out of the gurgling brook, just as I sit here, half shade, half in the warm sun, as I sit here after my lavations.

I am still pretty well,—Still enjoy my natural days here, by the creek—(but they are now drawing to a close)—Nothing new.

—The papers have all arrived I think—the News, with the Plevna battle letter, &c. I have here to day, & am reading with interest. Herby is well & brown—Shall be up in good time to be with with my dear neices & all of you—I wonder if you have the same splendor of days & nights as we here the week past.

I suppose you will have Edward Carpenter's letter to Herby by this time & will find it indeed cheery & interesting.2

Love to all
W. W.


1. This letter was written shortly before Whitman's return to Camden on September 10, probably on Tuesday, September 4. On September 3 the New York Tribune noted the fighting between the Turks and Russians near Plevna. [back]

2. Carpenter returned to England late in June (see Whitman's letter to John Burroughs on June 22, 1877). [back]


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