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Walt Whitman to Beatrice Gilchrist, 21 February [1879]

 upa.00061.001_large.jpg Dear Bee

Your letter rec'd​ , & we all read it with interest2—my sister sends love—We are all about the same—I am continuing well for me—To day is very clear, but cold & windy—I have been out some two hours enjoying it—cross'd the  upa.00061.002_large.jpg river—The Staffords, (with the exception of Mr H3 who has a spell) are well as usual—Harry comes up to see me occasionally4

—A note from your mother yesterday forwarding the enclosed letter of Rossetti's which she wished me to post to you—So far my rheumatic (neuralgic) attack keeps off—But I am not out of the woods till April sets in—

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  • 1. This letter is addressed: Dr Beatrice C Gilchrist | 33 Warrenton Street | Boston | Mass:. It is postmarked: Philadelphia | Feb | 21 | 6 PM | Pa.; Boston Mass. | Feb | 22 | 11 AM | Carrier. [back]
  • 2. In her letter of February 16, 1879, Beatrice descibed her work at the hospital and her decidedly favorable impression of Boston (The Letters of Anne Gilchrist and Walt Whitman, ed. Thomas B. Harned [New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1918], 175–176). [back]
  • 3. Perhaps a mistake for Mr. George Stafford, the father. [back]
  • 4. Harry Stafford had last visited Whitman on February 10 (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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