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Walt Whitman to Edward Dowden, 10 November 1882

Your valued letter rec'd​ , it is like a kindly living talk and hand clasp1—I shall forward it to Burroughs—So good to hear you & yours active, full of receptivity and well—I have lately had a bad spell, prostration &c again, but am now well as usual. Dont forget the Academy2 if it appears—

Walt Whitman.


  • 1. Dowden's letter was sent to O'Connor and others and is apparently lost. On November 21 Dowden acknowledged Whitman's card and urged the poet to "try a voyage across the Atlantic" (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Saturday, September 22nd, 1888, 363). [back]
  • 2. Dowden's review of Specimen Days appeared in The Academy on November 18. See also Clara Barrus, Whitman and Burroughs—Comrades (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1931), 233. [back]
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