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Title: Walt Whitman to Herbert Gilchrist, 4 December 1885

Date: December 4, 1885

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:411. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00483

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Kyle Barton, and Nicole Gray

328 Mickle Street
—Dec 4 '85
Camden New Jersey U S America

Dear Herbert Gilchrist

As I doubt I made some small misfiguring in my last I send you an exact list of what I have rec'd of your good British "offering:"1

abt Sept. 8 £22.2.6—$107.54
Oct. 20th 37.12.— 183.11
Nov. 28 31 19— 155.53

—from which I am living—fuel, clothing, food, &c—personally living, this winter—

Walt Whitman

You may as well hand this card to Mr Rossetti—

Herbert Harlakenden Gilchrist (1857–1914), son of Alexander and Anne Gilchrist, was an English painter and editor of Anne Gilchrist: Her Life and Writings (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1887). For more information, see Marion Walker Alcaro, "Gilchrist, Herbert Harlakenden (1857–1914)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


1. See the letter from Whitman to Herbert Gilchrist of November 30, 1885[back]


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