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Walt Whitman to an Unidentified Correspondent, 20 June 1887


Thank you my friend for the delicious chocolate—I have it for my breakfast frequently, & enjoy it—Please accept a copy of my little book "Specimen Days" London ed'n. which I send for the young folks.

Walt Whitman

It is just possible I have sent you a note of acknowledgment before—but I think not as I have been ill. (I suppose Pearsall Smith1 was the cause of your sending it to me.)


As yet we have no information about this correspondent.


  • 1. Robert Pearsall Smith (1827–1898) was a Quaker who became an evangelical minister associated with the "Holiness movement." He was also a writer and businessman. Whitman often stayed at his Philadelphia home, where the poet became friendly with the Smith children—Mary, Logan, and Alys. For more information about Smith, see Christina Davey, "Smith, Robert Pearsall (1827–1898)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998). [back]
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