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Walt Whitman to Albert Rhodes, 8 August [1876–1884]


Glad to get living sign from you again, my dear Albert Rhodes.—should be gladder still to have you come in & bless me with one of your cheery talks, as of old. Would accept with thanks "the French at Home"—I am hauled up here like an hold hulk, the voyaging done,—but the timbers may (or may not) hold together yet awhile—maintain good heart & spirits most of the time—

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During his career as a diplomat, Albert Rhodes (1840–1894) served as the United States Consul in the Netherlands, France, and Germany. Rhodes was also a frequent contributor of fiction and nonfiction to The Galaxy, The Century, and LIppincott's.


  • 1. Whitman wrote this letter between 1876 and 1884, while he lived with his brother and sister-in-law on Stevens Street in Camden. [back]
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