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Title: Walt Whitman to Herbert Gilchrist, [28 May 1879]

Date: May 28, 1879

Whitman Archive ID: upa.00071

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, Kevin McMullen, and Nicole Gray

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Herb yours rec'd & welcomed—Nothing very new with me here—have enjoyed the past seven weeks hugely—but am quite ready to go back—You must be having first-rate times there—Bee was here to see me Monday—looks well—Eaton1 is still in Canada, I hear—Some artists here, last evening—(one of the Morans,2 & wife)—Herb I suppose you get the papers I send you3—I am well—great Tom Moore Centenary4 here in N Y to night—I have been formally invited—but shall not attend—



1. Wyatt Eaton (1849–1896), the artist (see the letter from Whitman to Herbert Gilchrist of May 10, 1878). According to Anne Gilchrist's letter of March 18, 1879, Eaton had urged Herbert to continue his studies in Paris (The Letters of Anne Gilchrist and Walt Whitman, ed. Thomas B. Harned [New York: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1918], 177–178). [back]

2. The Moran brothers, Edward (1829–1901), Thomas (1837–1926), and Peter (1841–1914), were British-born painters who had emigrated to the U.S. in 1844. [back]

3. Whitman's recent articles in the New York Tribune[back]

4. The "Tom Moore Centenary" took place on May 28, 1879. This note to Herbert was included in the letter from Whitman to Harry Stafford of May 28, 1879[back]


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