Lot 533: Walt Whitman

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2016-02-24 15:26:00

Lot 533: ALS, one page both sides, 5.25 x 3, April 15, [1881]. Letter to the Staffords in New Jersey. In full: "Well here I am in a grand old hotel, the first in town—the proprietor Mr. Ferrin (a stranger too) sent and invited me to stop here as the guest of the house & no bill to pay—nice room large, fire in it, first rate grub (too good, I am tempted too much)—When I got up this morning, snow falling thick & every thing dark & cloudy & wintry—but looks a little brighter now—I am feeling pretty well—went out around yesterday & last night—great bright stirring city, this—great people, these Yankees—I like them—I am used tip top here—friends call all the time—lecture comes off to-night—Saturday evening—Lecture went off first rate last night—best I have had yet, better audience (better than New York or Philadelphia)—I am enjoying myself well—have been out riding today & shall go again to-morrow. I don't know that I can tell you anything particularly to interest you but I suppose you will like to have a word. I am to stop here till Tuesday or Wednesday next. Love to Harry & Ed—I send you a paper." In fine condition. Published in Whitman's collected correspondence. Whitman stayed in Boston from April 13 to 19 at the Revere House, a prestigious hotel run by Charles B. Ferrin. He delivered a lecture entitled 'Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln' at Hawthorne Hall on Friday the 15th in honor of the anniversary of the beloved president's assassination. After recounting the story of the first time he saw Lincoln, Whitman described the tragic scene at Ford's Theatre and concluded by reciting his famous poem, 'O Captain! My Captain!' An excellent Whitman example considering its exquisite condition and ideal connection to America's revered president. RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 471 Wednesday, 9th March 2016 Estimate: $2000-3000
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