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Title: Walt Whitman to Fanny R. Ritter, 24 February 1879

Date: February 24, 1879

Whitman Archive ID: upa.00197

Source: Walt Whitman Collection, 1842–1957, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania. Transcript by Mrs. Frederic R. Ritter, inscribed on the verso of a letter from Walt Whitman to Fanny Ritter composed on February 7, 1880. At the top of her transcript Ritter wrote: "Extracted the following, to give to a friend of mother's as an autograph.". The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Ted Genoways (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004), 7:55. 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, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray

I think of coming your way next summer, and I should then visit you (sending you word beforehand)—I am writing this in the winter sunshine1 and send my warmest remembrance to you and Professor.2

Walt Whitman


1. On January 26, 1879, the Philadelphia Times published Whitman's article "Winter Sunshine. A Trip from Camden to the Coast." The pun on the title in this brief note would seem to indicate that this is the lost letter Whitman wrote to Ritter noted in his Daybooks and Notebooks, ed. William White (New York: New York University Press, 1978) for February 24, 1879, and that he enclosed a copy of the article. [back]

2. Frédéric Louis Ritter, composer and professor at Vassar College, who set Whitman's "Two Veterans" to music in 1880. [back]


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