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Title: Walt Whitman to John Burroughs, 25 January [1879]

Date: January 25, 1879

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00392

Source: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Notes for this letter were created by Whitman Archive staff and/or were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented or updated by Whitman Archive staff.

Editorial note: The annotation, "1/25/'79 | Locusts & Wild Honey (1879)," is in an unknown hand.

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Grace Thomas, Anthony Dreesen, Kevin McMullen, and Nicole Gray

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Jan 25

Dear John Burroughs

I havn't been able to think of any thing worth while in the way of a name—to my notion Locusts and Wild Honey is the best proposed2—(the Speckled Trout piece suggested to me whether the fish couldn't afford a name for one of your books, for a change)—

—Nothing new with me—I am well, for me—I send you a Phila: paper with a letter3—Cold winter here—



1. This letter is addressed: John Burroughs | Esopus-on-Hudson | New York. It is postmarked: Camden | Jan | 26 | N.J. [back]

2. On January 13 Burroughs wrote to Whitman about the title of his new book, which his publisher did not like. See Clara Barrus, Whitman and Burroughs—Comrades (Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1931), 181. [back]

3. John Burroughs' "Winter Sunshine. A Trip from Camden to the Coast" appeared in the Philadelphia Times on January 26, 1876; it was reprinted by Herbert Bergman in Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, 66 (October 1948), 139–154. [back]


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