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Walt Whitman to Anne Gilchrist, 1 August [1878]

I will send only a line this time—as I have written to Herb at some length, & ab't​ in response to yours the same—Best love to you as always. I will keep you posted, dear friend, of any literary utterance or personal news—

Walt Whitman


  • 1. Although there seems to be little doubt that Whitman wrote "Aug. 1," it is possible that he intended to write "Aug. 7." If that were the case, the allusion to the lengthy letter to Herbert Gilchrist could clearly be to the letter of August 3–5, 1878. Whitman was in Camden on August 1 and 7 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]
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