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Walt Whitman to Daniel G. Gillette, 4 November 1873

 loc.01719.001_large.jpg My dear Dan Gilette,1

Your kind letter—with that of your English friend Chrissie Deschamps, (so full of kindness & affectionate sympathy, plainly enough from the heart, & not conventional merely)—have reached me to-day. I am getting along pretty well. It seems to be a fluctuating & pretty stout struggle between my general physique & constitution, & my special cerebral ailment—in which I think the physique will yet carry the day.

My best regards & love to you, my friend, & to my English friends the same.

Walt Whitman

Dan, it is very lonesome to me here, I go out hobbling a little, but to no satisfaction, although I am very comfortably fixed in domestic matters. Write to me when you can, send me any stray printed thing you are sure might interest me, or if you come Philadelphiaward come & see me.


According to the New York Directory of 1874–1875 and the Gouldings Directory of 1877–1878, Daniel G. Gillette was a clerk in the county courthouse. An undated entry in one of Whitman's address books (The Library of Congress #108) indicates that Gillette was at one time employed in the postmaster's office in New York.


  • 1. See the letter from Whitman to Gillette of September 26, 1873. Whitman consistently dropped an l in Gillette. [back]
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