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Title: Sam Walter Foss to Walt Whitman, 26 May 1884

Date: May 26, 1884

Editorial notes: The annotation, "SW Foss," is in an unknown hand. The annotation, "see notes Aug 26 & 30, '88," is in the hand of Horace Traubel.

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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.02050

Contributors to digital file: Alex Ashland, Stefan Schöberlein, and Nicole Gray



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THE SATURDAY UNION.
A Literary and Political Newspaper.
LARGEST CIRCULATION OF THE LYNN WEEKLIES.
SMYTHE & FOSS, Publishers.
Lynn, Mass.
May 26 1884

Mr. Walt Whitman:
Dear Sir,

I send you with this letter two copies of our paper, both containing notices of your poems. Permit me to thank you warmly for the great inspiration I have received from the reading of Leaves of Grass. In my opinion, it marks a new era in American Literature; and is to stand out more and more prominently, as time advances, as the distinctively American book

Most Respectfully,
S. W. Foss


Correspondent:
Sam Walter Foss (1858–1911) was an American poet and editorial writer for the Boston Globe. In 1887 he became the editor of the Yankee Blade.


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