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Walt Whitman to Herbert Gilchrist, [28 May 1879]


Herb yours rec'd​ & welcomed—Nothing very new with me here—have enjoyed the past seven weeks hugely—but am quite ready to go back—You must be having first-rate times there—Bee was here to see me Monday—looks well—Eaton1 is still in Canada, I hear—Some artists here, last evening—(one of the Morans,2 & wife)—Herb I suppose you get the papers I send you3—I am well—great Tom Moore Centenary4 here in N Y to night—I have been formally invited—but shall not attend—

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  • 1. Wyatt Eaton (1849–1896), the artist (see the letter from Whitman to Herbert Gilchrist of May 10, 1878). According to Anne Gilchrist's letter of March 18, 1879, Eaton had urged Herbert to continue his studies in Paris (The Letters of Anne Gilchrist and Walt Whitman, ed. Thomas B. Harned [New York: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1918], 177–178). [back]
  • 2. The Moran brothers, Edward (1829–1901), Thomas (1837–1926), and Peter (1841–1914), were British-born painters who had emigrated to the U.S. in 1844. [back]
  • 3. Whitman's recent articles in the New York Tribune. [back]
  • 4. The "Tom Moore Centenary" took place on May 28, 1879. This note to Herbert was included in the letter from Whitman to Harry Stafford of May 28, 1879. [back]
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