The Editor of Harpers Weekly begs to return the enclosed verses to Mr. Walt Whitman with his compliments and many thanks.1
Feb 26, 1863
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The manuscript of this letter, dated February 26, 1863, is held in the Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
1. No record exists that enumerates which poems Whitman submitted to Harper's Weekly. Though he had published "Beat! Beat! Drums!" there in September 1861, he did not receive a personal reply to this submission. (Back)