Whitman and Rolleston: A Correspondence

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XXXII
WHITMAN TO ROLLESTON

This undated draft of a letter, probably to Rolleston, is written in pencil. Corrections and additions are made in ink.

[ 1885-1886]1

I am in my little old house I told you about, not far from the river.

Health pretty fair the last four months, & would be so still, except for an increasing prostration of the whole muscular system, connected somehow with a head derangement,--almost a falling sickness, as at times I cannot keep on legs. Mental arrangements go on untouched--am busy at a preface, prose of course to completed L of G.--to an edition same plates as the 1881-2 one2 Philadelphia, published by the author, 1888. Have scribbled one or two reminiscences (life sketches of notable men)3 which I will send you when printed

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1
Whitman moved into his house on Mickle Street in March, 1884, and the reference to the German publisher indicates that this letter was probably written after Letters XXX and XXXI, February 11, 1885, and August 4, 1885. Articles on "notable men" on which Whitman claims he is working were published in 1886 and 1887. His preface to his own edition of complete poems and prose appeared in 1888. On the basis of these factors the date may very well be late 1885 or early 1886.
2
Complete Poems and Prose of Walt Whitman, 1855-1888.
3
Whitman may have had the following articles in mind: "A Thought on Shakespeare," The Critic, August 14, 1886; "Abraham Lincoln" in Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln by Distinguished

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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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