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Letter to John Burroughs, July 2, 1866

Whitman, Walt. "Letter to John Burroughs, July 2, 1866." Walt Whitman: The Correspondence. Ed. Edwin Haviland Miller. New York: New York University Press, 1961. 281.
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Whitman writes to John Burroughs, who is away visiting his parents. Whitman has checked on Burroughs’ garden and cow, and both are doing quite well.

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To John Burroughs [7.2. 1866]

I went up to your house this morning and took a look at the garden—Everything growing first rate—potatoes, tomatoes, corn, cabbages, and all—I guess upon the whole the garden never looked better at this time of year. We have had opportune rains—I inquired about the cow, and received a favorable report...
John, about coming, I am not able to say anything decisive in this letter...Up in your Bureau all seems to go on as usual....John, I send you the July Atlantic...
I am feeling hearty and in good spirits—go around more than usual—go to such doings as base-ball matches and music Performances in the Public grounds—Marine Band, etc...
I hope your parents are well—I wish you to give them my love—tho’ I don’t know them, I hope one of these days—remember me to the wife, also.
I am writing this by my window in the office—the breeze is blowing moderate, and the view down the river and off alone Virginia hills opposite is most delightful—the pardon clerks are middling busy—I have plenty of leisure, as usual—I spent yesterday afternoon at the Hospital, and took tea in the evening at O’Connor’s.
Piatt is trying to get transferred to New York, to the Custom House—Well, good bye for present, you dear friend, and God bless you and wife, and bring you both safe back—

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