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Title: Walt Whitman to Anne Gilchrist, 1 August [1878]

Date: August 1, 1878

Whitman Archive ID: upa.00179

Source: Walt Whitman Collection, 1842–1957, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:130. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Eder Jaramillo, Grace Thomas, and Kevin McMullen

Aug. 11

I will send only a line this time—as I have written to Herb at some length, & ab't in response to yours the same—Best love to you as always. I will keep you posted, dear friend, of any literary utterance or personal news—

Walt Whitman


1. Although there seems to be little doubt that Whitman wrote "Aug. 1," it is possible that he intended to write "Aug. 7." If that were the case, the allusion to the lengthy letter to Herbert Gilchrist could clearly be to the letter of August 3–5, 1878. Whitman was in Camden on August 1 and 7 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]


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