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Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to an Editor, 29 December 1864

Date: December 29, 1864

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 1:245. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.000837

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Vanessa Steinroetter, and Alyssa Olson




Dec 29 1864

Private note to Editor:1

Sir, I send you a communication which I hope you will publish for sake of the soldiers dying & suffering in Southern prisons—Would it be convenient also to say a few words editorially? I have taken the liberty to send you a few lines myself—if they are not acceptable, substitute something else—


Walt Whitman

122 Portland av near Myrtle Brooklyn


Notes:

1. Whitman evidently sent "The Prisoners" to other newspapers in addition to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and the New York Times. Later in life he sometimes sent a communication to as many as twelve newspapers. [back]


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