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Walt Whitman to Jeannette L. Gilder, 30 January 1876

Jeanette Gilder Dear Madam,

I though[t] I would send you a copy, (see other side)1 of a note I have just forwarded to the Herald.

I also enclose a slip better describing "the situation",2 (which I wish my friends to bear in mind more than they do.)

I remain about the same. Rec'd​ your kind note, with piece. Hope I may yet meet you personally—& your brother, (whom I have heard of lately by my friend John Burroughs.)

I also send you a newspaper same mail with this.

Walt Whitman

Jeannette Leonard Gilder (1849–1916) helped her brother, Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909), edit Scribner's Monthly and then, with another brother, Joseph Benson Gilder (1858–1936), co-edited the Critic (which she co-founded in 1881). For more, see Susan L. Roberson, "Gilder, Jeannette L. (1849–1916)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


  • 1. The reverse is a copy of a letter to the Herald; see the letter from Whitman to the editor of the Herald of January 1876. [back]
  • 2. The enclosures are now lost. [back]
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