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Herbert Gilchrist to Walt Whitman, 27 May 1887

 loc_jc.00589_large.jpg Dear Walt;

I arrived here from the "Germanic"1 a few hours ago:—think that I shall stay here in the Germanic 4 or 5 days, not more, and then shall come on to Camden, where I want to lodge, if I can find a lodging. —simply, one decent clean bedroom will do for me.

We had a squally disagreeable passage, notably so for the time of year.

With love to you from Herbert Harlakenden Gilchrist.  loc_jc.00590_large.jpg

Herbert Harlakenden Gilchrist (1857–1914), son of Alexander and Anne Gilchrist, was an English painter and editor of Anne Gilchrist: Her Life and Writings (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1887). For more information, see Marion Walker Alcaro, "Gilchrist, Herbert Harlakenden (1857–1914)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


  • 1. The Germanic was a steamer passenger ship built in 1874 by the White Star Line in Belfast; it made frequent trips between Liverpool, England, and New York City. When the ship arrived in New York on May 27, 1887, it was carrying 1070 passengers. [back]
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