Revising Himself: Walt Whitman and Leaves of Grass
Walt Whitman to Peter Doyle (1843-1907), November 5, 1879
Pete this is a wonderful country out here, & no one knows how big it is till he launches out in the midst of it . . . the general run of all these Western places, city & country is very prosperous, on the rush,! plenty of people, plenty to eat, & apparently plenty of money . . . the most interesting part of my travel has been the Plains . . . Colorado & Western Kansas . . . the herdsmen . . . always on horseback, they call 'em cow-boys . . . I used to like to get among them to talk with them . . . .