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Walt Whitman to John Burroughs, 11 June [1879]

 uva_jc.00470_large.jpg Dear John Burroughs

As you see I am still here—but I leave for Camden next Saturday—I still keep ab't​ the same as when I last saw you—The Johnstons all well—The Gilchrists sailed last Saturday in the Circassia1

—I send you the "Tobacco Plant" with a piece of mine will interest you—(you'll see I have used one of your uva_jc.00471_large.jpg letters of last winter)2—How nicely those English get up their print things—

—This has been a good visit for me—it sort o' rehabilitates me for speaking & literary handling, writing, off-hand, more than I anticipated—half-paralytic as I am—henceforth I feel more at ease, more self confidence—which is always half the battle—

I hope 'Sula is comfortable this hot weather (very hot here to-day)—& the babe uva_jc.00472_large.jpg—When you write direct to Camden—I send Smith3 a paper, with my love

Walt  uva_jc.00473_large.jpg


  • 1. The Gilchrists sailed for Glasgow on June 9, 1879 (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). See also the letter from Whitman to Anne Gilchrist of August 18, 1879. Before embarking, Anne Gilchrist and Whitman had a private farewell at Johnston's home—a farewell which neither was willing to discuss (Clara Barrus, Whitman and Burroughs—Comrades [Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1931], 146–147). The meeting was Anne Gilchrist's final defeat, as she "learned of finalities | Besides the grave." [back]
  • 2. "Three Young Men's Deaths" (see the letter from Whitman to John Fraser of June 16, 1879). [back]
  • 3. Burroughs's hired hand, Smith Caswell. [back]
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