Whitman and Rolleston: A Correspondence

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VII
ROLLESTON TO WHITMAN

At the top of this letter from Rolleston, the conclusion of which is missing, a piece of paper has been pasted on which Whitman wrote the following comment: "A valued Irish friend, a frequent traveler and resident on the European Continent--here is an extract from one of his late letters to me:" This note covers a mailing address

"bei Herrn Mauermeister Müller
168 Sidonian Strasse
Tharandt
Dresden
"

and the date, July 11, in Rolleston's handwriting. Below the note, Whitman has added in ink the heading "Dresden, Saxony" and a quotation mark at the beginning of the text. This mark is preceded by a pencilled ¶; the last sentence of the first paragraph and the remainder of the extract have been crossed out, also with pencil.

[ July 11, 1881.]

There has been much more interest here, more sympathy and more indignation felt about the President's attempted murder, 1 than if he was a European sovereign. From all sides, I think, the world looks to America; we love our own lands as much as you, but we feel that the future of the race is being decided there. Political corruption and public dishonesty are instinctively felt to be far more significant, occurring in America

____________________
1
The newly elected President Garfield--to whom Rolleston had referred enthusiastically in Letter III--had been shot by a disappointed office-seeker on July 2, 1881; he died on September 19, 1881.

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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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