Whitman and Rolleston: A Correspondence

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ROLLESTON TO WHITMAN

Whitman has written "'81" at the top of this letter. Near the end of the letter, he has inserted "sent" indicating that Rolleston's request for a copy of Leaves of Grass was answered.

Saturday. Jan 29 [ 1881].
Glasshouse
Shinrone
Kings County
Ireland

Dear Friend and Master

You see I am now back in my own country. I had no idea that I would be so soon. I am staying, with my wife (I have been married about 18 months) at my father's house. We shall be here for some months now. There is great excitement in the country, but I think no likelihood of any serious disturbances. The people know the strength of England too well. I think the Land League1 is slowly losing its influence here, and it deserves to. There never was an agitation conducted towards a more useful end or by worse means than this. From

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1
An Irish agrarian movement, organized in 1879 by Michael Davitt and led by Charles Parnell, the Land League agitated for land tenure reform and for the transferal of land ownership from British landholders to Irish tenants. The fight for fixity of tenure, fair rent, and free sale was accompanied by boycotting and violence, until the League was declared illegal. However, the group did carry the land question into the realm of practical politics and was an active force in bringing about the great land reform bills which culminated in the Land Purchase Act of 1903.

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  • Title Page 1
  • Contents 3
  • I - Rolleston to Whitman 15
  • II - Rolleston to Whitman 19
  • III - Rolleston to Whitman 21
  • IV - Rolleston to Whitman 25
  • V - Rolleston to Whitman 28
  • VI - Rolleston to Whitman 30
  • VII - Rolleston to Whitman 35
  • VIII - Rolleston to Whitman 38
  • IX - Rolleston to Whitman 43
  • X - Lee to Whitman 48
  • XI - Whitman to Rolleston 51
  • XII - Whitman to Rolleston 52
  • XIII - Rolleston to Whitman 54
  • XIV - Rolleston to Whitman 56
  • XV - Rolleston to Whitman 61
  • XVI - Rolleston to Whitman 64
  • XVII - Rolleston to Whitman 67
  • XVIII - Rolleston to Whitman 69
  • XIX - Whitman to Rolleston 71
  • XX - Rolleston to Whitman 73
  • XXI - Rolleston to Whitman 77
  • XXII - Rolleston to Whitman 80
  • XXIII - Rolleston to Whitman 83
  • XXIV - Rolleston to Whitman 87
  • XXV - Whitman to Rolleston 89
  • XXVI - Rolleston to Whitman 90
  • XXVII - Whitman to Rolleston 92
  • XXVIII - Rolleston to Whitman 94
  • XXIX - Whitman to Rolleston 98
  • XXX - Rolleston to Whitman 99
  • XXXI - Rolleston to Whitman 101
  • XXXII - Whitman to Rolleston 104
  • Appendices 107
  • Index 131
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