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Walt Whitman to Thomas Carlyle, 3 September 1872

Dear Sir:2

Following an impulse of the moment, I have just mailed to you two little books of mine—writing this note to introduce them—and taking permission to personally offer, as it were, from America true respects & love.


  • 1. This draft letter is endorsed, "To Carlyle | with Dem Vistas | & Am Inst. poem." [back]
  • 2. Perhaps Whitman sent the poems to Carlyle, who was not one of his admirers, because of Burroughs' letter from London on October 30, 1871, written after his recent visit to Carlyle: "I am sure you would like him & that he would like you." [back]
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