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Walt Whitman to John Swinton, 12 April [1876]

Dear John—

I have adopted your suggestion & written (same mail with this) to Wm.​ Swinton, Ward, Dr. Seeger, Stedman, [J.] Miller, Mr. Jardine—I am entirely satisfied with your letter, (as with Buchanan's and Rossetti's action in London.)2 I am pleased well with what you write me in, & are doing by, your letter . . . Things go on with me much the same as usual of late . . . When you see any thing notable or pungent about me or my affairs, send it to me, as I neither see or hear much here.

Walt Whitman


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    In April 1876, Whitman, with the assistance of friends in America and abroad, began a promotional campaign for the sale of Leaves of Grass (sixth edition) and Two Rivulets. John Swinton suggested that a circular be sent to his brother William, John Quincy Adams Ward, Dr. Ferdinand Seeger, Edmund Clarence Stedman, Joaquin Miller, and D. Jardine, most of whom ordered copies of the books. See also the notes to Whitman's April 12, 1876 letter to various friends.

    Swinton reported Whitman's "penury" in an article in the New York Herald on April 1, 1876. Robert Buchanan and William Michael Rossetti made appeals to English admirers to relieve the poet's poverty.

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