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Title: Walt Whitman to Henry M. Alden, [November 1873]

Date: November (?) 1873

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:259. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01720

Contributors to digital file: Kenneth M. Price, Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad


Please find herewith another poem2 I have written, the "Prayer of Columbus," which I offer for the magazine. If accepted send me word here, & a proof when ready—otherwise, please return me the MS. My price is $60—same reservation as before & same obligation on my part3


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2. Draft letter.

Whitman refers here to "Song of the Redwood-Tree," offered in Whitman's November 2, 1873 letter to Alden, editor of Harper's New Monthly Magazine[back]

3. Alden accepted the poem for Harper's New Monthly Magazine on December 1, 1873; it appeared in March 1874, 48 (1874), 524–525. [back]


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