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Walt Whitman to John Burroughs, 27 August [1882]

All going on well with me—Your good letter rec'd—The type-setting of "Specimen Days" will be all finished the coming week & the book out ten days afterward2—same sized vol: same sort of type, binding, general appearance &c. with L of G—same price—As I write (Sunday afternoon) up in my 3d story room, heavy clouds, the rain falling in torrents—


Does not what you saw of English society explain a good deal of Carlyle's cussedness?


  • 1. This letter is addressed: John Burroughs | Esopus-on-Hudson | New York. It is postmarked: Camden | (?) | 27 | 5 PM | N.J. [back]
  • 2. Specimen Days was not ready until October 1 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]
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