Title: Walt Whitman to the Editor of the Century Illustrated Monthly Review, 25 July 1886
Date: July 25, 1886
Editorial note: The annotation, "750.00 | (?) | 73; To Dane H. Ferrier | of the Century C.; Walt Whitman," is in an unknown hand.
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Location: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.02070
Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein and Kyle Barton
38 Mickle street
Camden New Jersey
July 25 '86
I have finished the article
Army Hospitals and Cases
Memoranda at the time—1863-'6
By Walt Whitman
& will send it on in a couple of days1—It will make perhaps six pages—
Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909) was the assistant editor of Scribner's Monthly from 1870 to 1881 and editor of its successor, The Century, from 1881 until his death. Whitman had met Gilder for the first time in 1877 at John H. Johnston's (Gay Wilson Allen, The Solitary Singer [New York: New York University Press, 1955], 482). Whitman attended a reception and tea given by Gilder after William Cullen Bryant's funeral on June 14; see "A Poet's Recreation" in the New York Tribune, July 4, 1878. Whitman considered Gilder one of the "always sane men in the general madness" of "that New York art delirium" (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden, Sunday, August 5, 1888). For more about Gilder, see Susan L. Roberson, "Gilder, Richard Watson (1844–1909)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).
1. See the letter from Whitman to the Editor of the Century Magazine of July 26, 1886. [back]