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Title: Walt Whitman to Herbert Gilchrist, 8 March [1878]

Date: March 8, 1878

Whitman Archive ID: upa.00161

Source: Walt Whitman Collection, 1842-1957, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania. The transcription presented here is derived from The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1964), 110. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Alicia Bones, Grace Thomas, Anthony Dreesen, and Kevin McMullen

March 8 a m2

Will be over to tea at ½ past 6, & will give you a good long sitting for the pic[ture] if you wish—("Improve the time" saith the little busy bee)—



1. The envelope for this letter bears the address: Herbert Gilchrist | 1929 north 22d Street | Philadelphia. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | Mar | 8 | 3(?) PM | Pa. [back]

2. Since Whitman was in New York on this date in 1877, and since the Gilchrists were not in Philadelphia in March, 1879, the note was sent in 1878. [back]


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