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Letter to Abby H. Price, December 10, 1866

Whitman, Walt. "Letter to Abby H. Price, December 10, 1866." Walt Whitman: The Correspondence. Ed. Edwin Haviland Miller. New York: New York University Press, 1961. 301-302.
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A letter written by Whitman from the Attorney General’s Office in Washington on December tenth, 1866, addressed to his dear friend Abby H. Price. Whitman notes that he has been sick for about a month, but that his view from the window of the Attorney General’s office is fine and his work is pleasant.

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207. To Abby H. Price
ADDRESS: Abby H. Price,|279 East 55th st.|New York City
POSTMARK: Washington|Dec|11|D.C

Washington. Dec. 10, 1866.

My dear friend,
Yours of the 8th has just come. I am glad indeed to hear that you
are free from asthma, & are feeling well.
I should be truly happy to become acquainted with Mrs. Andrews-
I am sure I should like her much.
For a month or so, I have not been very well-my trouble takes the
form, sometimes, of neuralgia-but is a complication-(the doctor says it
probably all dates from that time I got saturated with hospital malaria) -
But I keep around, & go to the office just the same-& now for four of five
days have felt much better-
The O'Connors are well-The consul at Rio Janeiro is James Munroe
-Our Minister to Brazil, resident in Rio Janeiro, is James Watson
I send my love to Helen and Emmy & all-I have rec'd a letter from
mother to-day-she seems to be about the same as usual-I hope Helen or
Emmy will just go over & visit her without ceremony as often as possible.
Give my respects to Mr. Arnold-also to Mr. Price-It would give me
the greatest pleasure to see you or Helen here in Washingon. I rec'd
your friend`s (Katy Hinds) letter at the time-I have had no letter from
Mr. Parker's family-I am writing this by my window in the office-it is
a fine view, ten miles of river, & away across to Virginia hills, ever so far-
My place is an easy & pleasant one here in the Att'y Gen's. office-And
now for the present, dear friend, Farewell.


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Andrews, Stephen [pages:301]

Whitman discusses the happy prospect of becoming acquainted with the wife of Stephen Pearl Andrews.