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Walt Whitman to John and Ursula Burroughs, 26 June [1878]

Dear John & 'Sula

I got in all right before sundown—Still keep well, (& all the better for my Esopus trip—& the berries, &c.)1

—Yesterday went on a sail down the bay to Sandy Hook with some Sorosis ladies & only a few men—a real sea-sail, sea-breeze &c—(I went up in the Pilot house most of the time with the pilots)—had dinner on board—I enjoyed it, but was pretty tired—got in before dark—

—Shall stay here a few days longer—find it hard to get away,—John, I send you a slip cut from the Tribune



  • 1. Whitman went to New York to attend the funeral of William Cullen Bryant on June 14, 1878, and stayed with John H. Johnston, a jeweler and old friend. As the letter indicates, Whitman paid a visit to John Burroughs before he returned to New York, where he remained until July 10. See Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1964), 3:120–128. [back]
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