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Walt Whitman to [Robert Pearsall Smith], 10 April [1887]

Dear friend

I return you the cards signed—(Isn't there a mistake in the date? Ought it not to be marked right? Thursday Evn'g is the 14th—not the 15th)—

If convenient I think I will go on from here say on the 9 a m train Thursday from the depot here—but come over to-morrow & let's have it fixed for certain—

Walt Whitman

Robert Pearsall Smith (1827–1898) was a Quaker who became an evangelical minister associated with the "Holiness movement." He was also a writer and businessman. Whitman often stayed at his Philadelphia home, where the poet became friendly with the Smith children—Mary, Logan, and Alys. For more information about Smith, see Christina Davey, "Smith, Robert Pearsall (1827–1898)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).

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