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Title: Walt Whitman to John Burroughs, 26 February 1883

Date: February 26, 1883

Whitman Archive ID: yal.00430

Source: Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:328. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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Monday Evng Feb 26 '83

At the breakfast table this morning we all agreed—my sister most markedly—that your piece in the March Century is the best you have written2—I think so, after two readings. Don't you go back however on any positions (naturalistic & critical) you have taken in former essays & books—they are all just right & needed

Dr Bucke's book is in the printer's hands—I am well as usual—Best love & remembrances to you & all—

Walt W


1. This letter is addressed: John Burroughs | Esopus-on-Hudson | New York. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | Pa. | Feb 26 83 | 10 30. [back]

2. "Signs and Seasons," The Century Magazine, 25 (March 1883), 672–682. [back]


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