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Henry J. Maywood to Walt Whitman, 14 February 1891

Dear Walt Whitman,

May I beg your acceptance of the following lines as a sort of valentine from one who in reading your beautiful 'Leaves' learned to love the author.

They are meant to convey the idea derived by  loc_jm.00428.jpg me as to the scope and aim of the teaching of your poems. As such they are necessarily very incomplete and ineffective and it is perhaps trespassing on your good nature to trouble you with them. I feel, however, unable to withhold my tribute–feeble as it is and I can only pray you to forgive my presumption.

Reverently yours H. J. Maywood

All things in the universe form one  
  in indissoluble whole,
And each infinitesimal part is énorme  
  and complete in itself,
And in every human being is the essence  
  and potence of all.
Whence: Tolerance wide as the spheres  
  and Love of unlimited scope,
And Brotherhood all the world o'er  
  and sympathy seasoned with Hope.

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Henry John (H. J.) Maywood (1855–1893) was born in Poplar, Middlesex, England; he was the fourth child of Samuel and Margaret Maywood. In April 1879, Henry married Fanny Emma Strutt. According to the 1891 England Census, the couple and their two children lived in Wandsworth, and Henry worked as a Civil Service clerk.

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