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Edmund J. Baillie to Walt Whitman, 17 September 1890

 loc_zs.00537.jpg Dear Walt Whitman.

May I send a Disciple's greeting & a word of loving regard expressive of hope that you are as well as one may hope to be in the  loc_zs.00538.jpg the "November"-tide of Life.

I am to read a paper before our Literary Society at the close of the year & I am anxious to prepare myself properly. The subject is yourself as a Leader of the thought & manly  loc_zs.00539.jpg character of the age—a former & Re-former of the times. I read somewhere that you had a few copies of the original Edn of "Leaves" which cd be got from you alone. Is it so? If I am  loc_zs.00540.jpg rightly informed wd you kindly mail me a single line giving me prices & any particulars.

With earnest & sincere tender good wishes

Faithfully Yours Edmund J. Baillie  loc_zs.00541.jpg  loc_zs.00542.jpg

Edmund John Baillie (1851–1897) was a Welsh horticulturalist specializing in fruit trees and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. In 1882, he published John Ruskin: Aspects of his Thought and Teachings (London: John Pearce). Baillie served as vice president of the Vegetarian Society and president of the John Ruskin Society in Liverpool. For more information, see "Mr. E. J. Baillie," The Manchester Guardian (October 19, 1897), 12.


  • 1. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman | Camden | New Jersey | U. S. A. It is postmarked: CHESTER | M | SP 17 | 90; CHESTER | M | SP 17 | 90; NEW YORK | SEP | 24; H | 90; PAID | H | ALL; CAMDEN, N.J. | SEP | [illegible] | 6AM | 1890 | REC'D. [back]
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