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Walt Whitman to Moncure D. Conway, 21 July 1870

My dear friend,

I have just received your letter of the 7th inst. I appreciate your kindness in the matter of the poem.1 I send herewith a verbatim copy of Emerson's note,2 as requested.

Nothing very new or special with me, these days. I am well as usual—am still employed in the Attorney General's Office. A new edition of my book will be printed this fall, with another small volume in prose.3 You shall have early copies, may-be in sheets.

Farewell for the present. I send you my love—Write whenever you can.

Walt Whitman


  • 1. In his April 22, 1870 letter, Whitman had asked Conway to solicit "Passage to India" to publishers in England. Conway's letter is not known, but he was unable to sell the poem to an English journal. [back]
  • 2. Walt Whitman's transcription of Emerson's famous letter of 1855 (see Edwin Haviland Miller, ed., The Correspondence [New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977], 1:41) is with the letter to Conway. [back]
  • 3. Democratic Vistas. [back]
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