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Walt Whitman to Abby H. Price, 14 September 1868

Dear Abby,

I shall come on in the train that leaves here in the middle of the day, to-morrow Tuesday, 15th, & gets in New York at 10 at night—so I shall be up there by or before 11 to-morrow night—(to-night for you reading this.)

I am really pleased that you can accommodate me, & make great reckoning of being with you, & of my room, &c—but wish [to] have it distinctly understood, in all friendship, that I pay for my room, &c, just the same as any body else—positively I will not come on any other terms—& you must just let it be as I say this time—I have lots of money—in fact untold wealth—& I shall not feel right if you undertake to alter this part of my programme—I am feeling well & hearty—I wish you to read my piece2 in the "Broadway London Magazine," just out—it was written for you among the rest—In a few hours I shall be with you.



  • 1. This letter's envelope bears the address, "Mrs. Abby H. Price, | 331 East 55th street, | bet 1st and 2d Av's, | New York City." It is postmarked: "Washington, D.C. | Sep | 14." [back]
  • 2. "Whispers of Heavenly Death." [back]
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