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Rebecca [?] to Walt Whitman, 29 December [1867]


Your essay on Democracy1 stirred the depths within me I would say no flatering word to you my friend but I would take you by the hand. I am unlearned and cannot see the same thoughts so as to form them in my mind yet their power is clear to me. I hear in them the benediction (Peace on Earth and good will to man) was it (Glory to God in the highest)—perhaps so if I had have put my care down long enough to hear! Democracy has ever been to me a beautiful word but Theocracy being the Christ Unites them.  loc_vm.01721_large.jpg let us wait humbly trustingly until this great truth shall be worked in us. What a boon is Life. how glad I am every day that I am priveledged​ to be one among my fellows

Love and blessings From Rebecca Walter Whitman

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  • 1. Whitman's essay "Democracy" was first publishied in The Galaxy 4 (December 1867), 919–933. It was later incorporated into Democratic Vistas (New York: J. S. Redfield, 1871). [back]
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