Title: James Knowles to Walt Whitman, 20 August 1884
Date: August 20, 1884
Editorial note: The annotation, "from Editor Nineteenth Century," is in the hand of Walt Whitman.
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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.03197
Contributors to digital file: Alex Ashland, Stefan Schöberlein, and Kyle Barton
Queen Anne's Lodge,
St James's Park. S. W.
20th Aug 1884
Dear Sir /
I am very much obliged by your kind offer of the little M.S. on "What lurks behind Shakespeare's Historical Plays?" & greatly regret that its extreme brevity renders it hardly suitable as an article for the XIXth Century.
I return it accordingly herewith but in the hope that you may see your way to amplify the treatment beyond its present limits of a mere hint or suggestion, & give it the importance by way of illustration & proof which the subject deserves. Hoping to hear again from you & thanking you cordially for writing to me at all, I remain
Yours very truly
Walt Whitman Esq
James Thomas Knowles (1831–1908) was the editor of The Nineteenth Century, a leading British monthly magazine, in which "Fancies at Navesink" was published on August 18, 1885. He was also an architect and the founder of the Metaphysical Society, dedicated to discovering common ground between science and religion.