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Herbert J. Bathgate to Walt Whitman, 2 July 1880

 man_ej.00118_large.jpg Dear Walt Whitman

I am very grateful for your kindness in sending me so many interesting papers from time to time.1 The article on Emerson has touched me very nearly. It is great and good—

My object in writing now is merely to thank you for your thoughtfulness & to call your attention to my change of address.

With affection & respect Herbert J. Bathgate  man_ej.00119_large.jpg


  • 1. Herbert J. Bathgate was a British author and friend of the art critic John Ruskin. His essay "Ouida" was advertised in the 1881 Trübner & Co. reprint of Whitman's preface to his first edition of Leaves of Grass. Whitman commented on Bathgate later in life: "Bathgate writes genuinely, considerately: he has no affectations" (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Monday, January 28, 1889). [back]
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