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Whitman, Walt
AUTOGRAPHED LETTER SIGNED TO DANIEL GILETTE, SENDING REQUESTED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPHS AND COMPLAINING OF THE EFFECTS FROM HIS RECENT STROKE.
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Whitman, Walt
AUTOGRAPHED LETTER SIGNED TO DANIEL GILETTE, SENDING REQUESTED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPHS AND COMPLAINING OF THE EFFECTS FROM HIS RECENT STROKE.
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 6,875 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Whitman, Walt
AUTOGRAPHED LETTER SIGNED TO DANIEL GILETTE, SENDING REQUESTED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPHS AND COMPLAINING OF THE EFFECTS FROM HIS RECENT STROKE.
1 page, 4to (250 x 195 mm). Camden, 26 September, 1873, with a note on verso forwarding it to the intended recipient.
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Literature

See Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller. New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977., 2:246, for a partial transcription

Catalogue Note

In spite of being "shattered by paralysis" the author sends four signed portraits.

The present was written shortly after Whitman suffered the stroke from which he would never fully recover, the physical impairment from which necessitated his move to his brother's house in Camden, New Jersey.

"Delighted to please in so trifling a manner" the poet enclosed four signed photographs (no longer present), though "substituting ones I like better" than the ones originally sent for his inscription. He then gives a quick summary of his poor health, "I am laid up here, shattered by paralysis - have been disabled for eight months, I am pretty badly off yet." Understandably, he welcomes correspondence, "Write me a line here. My life is very quiet and uneventful every day".

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