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Title: Walt Whitman to William Roscoe Thayer, 25 November 1885

Date: November 25, 1885

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00482

Source: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:408. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein and Kyle Barton

328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey1
Nov: 25 '852

My dear W R T

Thanks for the $5. "remembrance." Nothing very new with me. My sight is better—walking power slim, almost not at all—spirits buoyant. Glad to get your letters. As I write, we here are just through a dark November storm of three days, & the sun is coming out.

Walt Whitman

William Roscoe Thayer (1859–1923) was an American historian, editor of John Hay's letters, and a biographer of Theodore Roosevelt. He would publish Personal Recollections of Walt Whitman in 1919.


1. This letter is addressed: Wm R Thayer | 68 Mt Auburn Street | Cambridge | Mass:. It is postmarked: Philadelphia, (?) | Nov 25 | (?) | 85. [back]

2. Thayer called on the poet on September 4, 1885 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). According to his "Personal Recollections of Walt Whitman" in Scribner's Monthly, 65 (1919), 674–687, he visited Whitman with decided reluctance at the urging of Clifton J. Furness when he was on the staff of the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph[back]


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