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Title: Walt Whitman to Herbert Gilchrist, 31 March 1882

Date: March 31, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: upa.00205

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), 3:272. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schoeberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray

Kirkwood (Glendale)1
March 31 '82

Down here again spending a few days—nothing very different—pretty much the same story of all my letters—but I knew you would like to hear—Mrs S[tafford] and all the family well as usual—they often speak of you & of the old times—I was over to the creek and by the old walnut-trees last week—all beautiful & refreshing as ever—

Harry is still at Clementon—Mont is with B. S. at Kirkwood station—Ed has gone up to Phila: to-day for store goods—Do you know of David Bogue,2 bookseller, Trafalgar Sq: who publishes my book in London? Have you ever been in his place? I go up to Camden this evening—Yours of last Jan: & your mother's of Feb. 6 rec'd3



1. This letter bears the address: Herbert H Gilchrist | 12 Well Road | Keats' Corner Hampstead | London England. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | Mar | 31(?) | (?). [back]

2. On May 8 Anne Gilchrist informed Whitman that Herbert had visited Bogue (see the letter from Whitman to Josiah Child of December 8, 1881), and discovered that "the sale of Leaves of Grass was progressing satisfactorily." Bogue's father had published her husband's "first literary venture" (The Letters of Anne Gilchrist and Walt Whitman, ed. Thomas B. Harned [New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1918], 207). On November 24 Anne Gilchrist wrote: "I fear you will be a loser by Bogue's bankruptcy" (The Letters of Anne Gilchrist and Walt Whitman, 210). [back]

3. Herbert wrote on January 15; Anne Gilchrist on January 29 (The Letters of Anne Gilchrist and Walt Whitman, 205–206). [back]


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