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Walt Whitman to Anne Gilchrist, 11 July [1878]

My dear friend

I kept staying & staying in N Y (four weeks altogether)—but took the 4 p m train yesterday & had a fine run to Philadelphia—So here I am to-day in my regular den—find a great accumulation of letters—all those of the past month—so you will understand several things (my not sending regards & love to Miss Hillard for instance)—

Nothing new to write about—brother & sister well as usual—fearfully hot weather still, but I stand it fairly yet—I have rec'd​ a letter from Rossetti, a scrap from which I enclose1—I think of going down to White Horse Saturday2—No letter from Bee yet—I suppose you rec'd​ the Tribune of July 4 with my printed letter in.3

Best love to you & all— Walt Whitman


  • 1. There are no extant letters from William Michael Rossetti to Whitman between 1877 and 1885. See the letter from Whitman to Rossetti of July 12, 1878. [back]
  • 2. Whitman was with the Staffords from July 14, Sunday, to July 17 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]
  • 3. Whitman referred to "A Poet's Recreation," published in the New York Tribune on July 4, 1878. [back]
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