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Walt Whitman to Edward Carpenter, 1 September [1878]

Just a word any how to let you know I am real well and hearty considering, and haven't forgotten you a bit. Received your kind letter (to which I know this is a poor return).1 Have a photo: though which I like, taken in N.Y.2 Will send you one soon as I get them. The G[ilchrist]s [are] well. Herbert is here in New Jersey.3 B[eatrice] at the hospital.4 Harry S[tafford] is back at printing. Mrs. S[tafford] not well.

W. W.

Thanks for your suggestion in Bee's letter, which she sent me.


  • 1. Carpenter's letter is not extant. But earlier in the year, on May 13, he had written to Whitman about his lectures in England (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Wednesday, March 20, 1889 , 391–392). [back]
  • 2. The one taken by Sarony. See the letter from Whitman to Harry Stafford of July 6–7. [back]
  • 3. Herbert was in Kirkwood on August 22 and in Camden on August 24, after which he returned to the Staffords'. He was in Atlantic City on August 29 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]
  • 4. The letter from Whitman to Beatrice Gilchrist of August 30, 1878, states that Beatrice was at the New England Hospital for Women in Boston. [back]
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