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Joaquin Miller to Walt Whitman, 5 September 1875

 loc.03139.001_large.jpg Joaquin Miller '75 see notes June 20 1888 My dear Walt Whitman:

I have been wandering up and down the house and waiting to hear from Lord Houghton1 so as to get you two together here on the banks of the Hudson but he has gone on West the other way. He will return this  loc.03139.002_large.jpg way so soon as he has done the West when I hope to catch him and then if we do not get down to see you you are to try and get up here if possible: Yet it may be that Houghton will not get back till too late for me here. In that case we will try and get together in New York City. I am off to old free Boston on Biz​ & pleasure  loc.03139.003_large.jpg and as usual know not when I shall get back: but let me hear from you here for I am very anxious indeed to hear of your health. Do keep up my dear fellow there is lots in the tomorrows for you and I want you to live to see the Great Sunrise. Now you must answer me and send me the proof sheets. By that time I shall have returned and will know more about what I shall do the next month

Yours ever Joaquin Miller  loc.03139.004_large.jpg

Joaquin Miller was the pen name of Cincinnatus Heine Miller (1837–1913), an American poet nicknamed "Byron of the Rockies" and "Poet of the Sierras." In 1871, the Westminster Review described Miller as "leaving out the coarseness which marked Walt Whitman's poetry" (297). In an entry in his journal dated August 1, 1871, the naturalist John Burroughs recorded Whitman's fondness for Miller's poetry; see Clara Barrus, Whitman and Burroughs—Comrades (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1931), 60. Whitman met Miller for the first time in 1872; he wrote of a visit with Miller in a July 19, 1872, letter to his former publisher and fellow clerk Charles W. Eldridge.


  • 1. Richard Monckton Milnes (1809–1885), Lord Houghton, was an intimate of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892) and William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863), as well as a poet. He was a collector of famous people; in Dictionary of National Biography he is characterized as "eminently a dilettante" (New York: Macmillan and Co., 1894), 21. Houghton wrote to Whitman on September 27, 1875, and proposed a visit at the end of October or early in November, and on November 3, 1875, he asked whether November 6 would be convenient. [back]
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