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Walt Whitman to John H. Johnston, 28 August 1883

Dear friend

I have been out here 9 or 10 miles from Phil.​ City Hall all this month at a very secluded place—good quarters, very quiet—on a visit to an old Quaker friend—his large family are all away at Newport—he is absent all day down town at business—& I have the whole premises, house, horse & carriage when I want, large garden, library &c to myself—good grub—with every afternoon a long & delightful drive exploring this beautiful region for miles and miles, Chestnut Hill, Indian Rock, the whole Wissahickon area, &c &c.

I have rec'd​ (June,1 July, &c) your and Alma's hospitable & affectionate letters, invitations—& I ought to be kicked for not answering them before—but "you know what a wretch I am about such things"—never mind, I appreciate them gratefully—I am well as usual this summer—nothing very new ab't​ my books or literary fortunes—

I shall make a permanent move from Camden before many months—as my brother's folks are ab't​ changing to new quarters at Burlington N J—& I shall not accompany them—I don't know where I shall go.

What a glorious summer we have had!—Never one so fine, seems to me—Best love to you all—Specially Alma and Albert.

Walt Whitman


  • 1. On June 13 Johnston invited Whitman to meet Grover Cleveland, then governor of New York and "a great admirer of Walt Whitman": "It will boom another edition for you sure pop, and I hope you will come right over and smell the June roses with us." [back]
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