Letter

Scope and Content

Traubel reports further on Whitman: his condition is worse following a trip outside the previous week, although there is no cause for alarm; he rests more now but sleeps less, and maintains his good humour; he refuses to discuss his birthday dinner, intimating that he may not live to see that day [31 May]. Contents also relate to: the book, which is almost all in type; Traubel's low opinion of reporters inquiring after Whitman's condition; the close-knit group who advocate the "new gospel" and his belief that Whitman will soon come into his own; an article he has written which may be appearing in the New England Magazine; his busy job at the bank, where he is writing this letter; and the deep ties he feels to Wallace.

Dated at: Camden [New Jersey, USA].