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Title: Walt Whitman to The Editors of the Critic and Elizabeth Porter Gould, 30 May 1887

Date: May 30, 1887

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Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977).

Location: The Walt Whitman Collection, Boston Public Library

Whitman Archive ID: bpl.00032

Contributors to digital file: Alex Ashland, Stefan Schöberlein, Kevin McMullen, and Stephanie Blalock



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328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey
May 30 '87

I wish to warmly thank Elizabeth Porter Gould1 and yourselves for the article ab't myself & the war hospitals2—Nothing I have received has touch'd me deeper or been more comforting & agreeable to me.

If convenient I sh'd like to have you send this note to E P G. with my thanks and regards—


Walt Whitman


Correspondent:
The editor of the Critic in this year was Jeannette Gilder (1849–1916), who wrote that "one of the things of which I am most proud is that the Critic was the first publication of its class to invite Walt Whitman to contribute to its pages" (see Charles N. Elliot, Walt Whitman as Man, Poet, and Friend [1915], 97); she was assisted in her editorial tasks by her brother Joseph. For more, see Susan L. Roberson, "Gilder, Jeannette L. (1849–1916)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).

Notes:

1. Elizabeth Porter Gould (1848–1906) was a Massachusetts writer and reformer who edited the collection Gems from Walt Whitman (1889)[back]

2. The Critic on May 28 printed Gould's article "Walt Whitman Among the Soldiers," and on June 1 sent her a check for $8 along with Whitman's letter (Boston Public Library). For Whitman's opinion of Elizabeth Porter Gould, see With Walt Whitman in Camden, Saturday, March 16, 1889[back]


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