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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 . . . .

Walt Whitman to Peter Doyle (1843-1907), November 5, 1879

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