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Walt Whitman to Edmund Clarence Stedman, 17 June 1875

My dear Stedman,1

I have rec'd​ your kind note, & am pleased that you remember me. I shall select some scrap of my MS. & send you soon. The last fortnight I have had an extra spell of debility & head distress, but feel better to-day.

Should you come to Philadelphia come over here, (by ferry from foot of Market st.Phila.​ , very accessible) & see me, & have a chat. I am leisurely preparing a Volume, "Two Rivulets,' (i.e. Real and Ideal) all sorts of things, prose & (my) poetry. Won't be out though for five or six months. Pleasant in some respects here, for me—but pretty lonesome.

Walt Whitman


  • 1. Whitman met Stedman during the Civil War; see Whitman's October 20, 1863 letter to Louisa Van Velsor Whitman. On June 8, 1875, Stedman had requested "one scrap of paper, which you can spare. …I am one of those American writers who always look upon you as a noble, original, and characteristic poet" (Thomas Donaldson, Walt Whitman, the Man [London: Suckling & Galloway, 1896], 214). [back]
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