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Title: Charles William Dalmon to Walt Whitman, 27 September 1888

Date: September 27, 1888

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

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01437

Contributors to digital file: Jeannette Schollaert, Ian Faith, Stefan Schöberlein, and Stephanie Blalock



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S. S. City of Berlin
"Inman Line"
Jersey City
27-9-88

Dear Sir

Today I was coming to Camden full of hope that I might see you but I have not enough money to pay my railway fare to and from Camden. I am only a steward on the City of Berlin—you will see me? Yes—you are good—may I come to see you when my ship returns in about a month? The City of Berlin sails early on Saturday the 29th—may I hope for a few words from you before she sails—I cannot write the things I would write to you—I could not speak the words I would wish to speak—but if I could see your face—if I could hear your voice! I hope—Will you accept my "Minutiæ."1 Will you—if you are able—write to me.

I am
Your's
Charles William Dalmon

c/o Duggan & Co
34 James Street
Liverpool
England


Correspondent:
Charles William Dalmon (1862—1938) was a British poet and a contributor to The Yellow Book, an 1890s British literary magazine edited by Henry Harland. Dalmon also published in American magazines, including The Living Age.

Notes:

1. Perhaps Dalmon was sending Whitman the manuscript of Minutiæ, his first book of poems, eventually published in 1892. [back]


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