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Title: Walt Whitman to Herbert Gilchrist, 15 April 1883

Date: April 15, 1883

Whitman Archive ID: upa.00076

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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Kirkwood (Glendale) America1
April 15 '83

I am down here for a few days—Mrs. S. has had a severe fit of illness—three weeks—one week quite alarming—but is now better—to day—is up—& has been down stairs once or twice for a few minutes—with luck & good weather the doctor thinks she will get around again as usual before long

—Nothing specially new with me—I keep about as usual—have had a fair winter—Dr Bucke's book is being printed & is to have your intaglio for a frontispiece2—it arouses the strongest opinions pro and con—(Dr B. & several,—including myself,—decidedly like it)

Love to you, to your dear M. & to G.



1. This letter is addressed: Herbert H Gilchrist | Keats' Corner 12 Well Road | Hampstead | London England. It is postmarked: Gibbsborough, N.J. | Apr | 16 | 1883; Philadelphia | A(?) | 1(?) | 1883 | Pa. [back]

2. A saccharine, Millet-like portrait of Whitman. In his reply on April 29, Herbert noted that "John Burroughs was very violent against my intaglio." [back]


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