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Walt Whitman to John Burroughs, 12 March 1883

[Walt Whitman promised to read the Century proof when it arrived and to return it with suggestions.]

Chew on what I said in my last1—the position you occupy in your printed books is just what it should be to last—the paragraph or two of let-up or disclaimer in "Signs and Seasons" is right, too, "for reasons"—let it stand—but nothing further of apology—not a word.


  • 1. See the letter from Whitman to Burroughs of February 26, 1883. Burroughs commented on this letter: "In the essay I had overhauled the poets. When I came to put it in book form I modified and excised a little" (Clara Barrus, Whitman and Burroughs—Comrades [Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1931], 241). [back]
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