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[Returned from my four months]

  • Whitman Archive Title: [Returned from my four months]
  • Whitman Archive ID: pri.00035
  • Repository: Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in the Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library
  • Date: 1879–1882
  • Genre: prose
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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  • Content: A short note in which Whitman refers to his 1879 railroad trip to Kansas. Whitman travelled west to attend the quarter-centennial celebration of the Kansas settlement and to visit his brother Jeff in St. Louis. Whitman journeyed as far as Denver and the Rockies before returning to Camden on January 5, 1880. A portion of this manuscript was used in "Upon Our Own Land," a short piece Whitman included in Specimen Days & Collect (1882). "Upon Our Own Land" appeared unchanged in Complete Prose (1892).

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