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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 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.

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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