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Title: Walt Whitman to Herbert Gilchrist, 12 December [1877]

Date: December 12, 1877

Whitman Archive ID: upa.00192

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, 1964), 3:104. 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, Grace Thomas, Anthony Dreesen, Kevin McMullen, and Nicole Gray

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I have invited Mr Eldridge,3 a Washington friend, to come up to your house & spend a couple of hours this evening—Please have a fire made ready in the stove up in the room—Shall be over rather earlier—



1. This letter bears the address: Herbert H Gilchrist | 1929 north 22d Street | Philadelphia. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | Dec | 12 | 1 PM | Pa. [back]

2. The year is confirmed by Whitman's letter to Beatrice Gilchrist of December 13, 1877[back]

3. Charles W. Eldridge was an old friend of Whitman and copublisher of the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass. He had last visited Whitman on October 19, 1876 (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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