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Title: Walt Whitman to Thomas Jefferson Whitman, 1 August [1880]

Date: August 1, 1880

Whitman Archive ID: wwh.00014

Source: Walt Whitman House. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1964), 3:185–186. 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, Grace Thomas, Eder Jaramillo, and Kevin McMullen

Lakes of the Thousand Islands
St Lawrence River1
Aug 1

I am here in a handsome little steam yacht (owned by the friend I am staying with at Kingston.2)—have been here some days cruising around—seems to me the most beautiful extensive lake & island region (over 1000 sq miles) on earth—I am pretty well—go to Montreal Tuesday—then to Quebec—then to the Saguenay river—back in London Aug 14—



1. This letter bears the address: Thos: J Whitman | office Water Commissioner | City Hall | St Louis | Missouri | U S A. It is postmarked: (?) | (?) 2 | 80 | Canada. [back]

2. Dr. W. G. Metcalf; see the account in Walt Whitman's Diary in Canada, ed. William Sloane Kennedy (Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1904), 17, 22–26. Metcalf was in Philadelphia with Richard Maurice Bucke on May 25 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]


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