In Whitman's Hand


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Title: And to the soul

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: 1855 or earlier

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05175

Source: The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1842–1937, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images of the original. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: Edward Grier notes that the paper matches that of a manuscript dated 1855 or earlier, suggesting a similar date for this manuscript (Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 1:171).

Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Janel Cayer, Kevin McMullen, Nicole Gray, and Kenneth M. Price

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And to the soul every feeble and helpless creature is its child

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Ministers Clergymen? get their two or ten thousand a year, and members of Congress their eight dollars a day; and certainly it is right enough as the [illegible] by the ^moral theory that floats on the surface;.—wWhich is exactly the same as the paper money theory; every body knows that it is not money and the puzzle is never clearly exactly satisfied; but the bills pass and we will take them as long as we other folks do.—

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Moon blind moon eyed horse.—There are ^some horses who see perfectly well except at a certain change or quartering of the moon.—At that period, no matter when it comes, they are blind.—Horses so affected are liable by any bad management hard work &c to become confirmedly blind

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