Title: James B. Pond to Walt Whitman, 25 April 1887
Date: April 25, 1887
Editorial note: The annotation, "JB Pond," 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.03486
Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Stefan Schöberlein, Ian Faith, and Stephanie Blalock
JAMES B. POND,
GENERAL AGENT AND MANAGER.
EVERETT HOUSE, CORNER 4TH AVENUE and 17TH STREET, NEW YORK.
CONCERTS, LECTURES AND ALL DESCRIPTIONS OF MUSICAL, LYCEUM AND LITERARY ENTERTAINMENTS. ENGAGEMENTS WITH ALL THE MOST CELEBRATED ARTISTS EFFECTED BY THIS AGENCY. All engagements for REV. HENRY WARD BEECHER'S. Lectures made through J. B. Pond; Sole Agent for MARK TWAIN; MR. GEO. W. CABLE'S Readings; CLARA LOUISE KELLOGG Concert Company; MR. HENRY M. STANLEY and MR. ED. HERON-ALLEN.
SEASON OF 1887-88,
ABBOTT, REV. LYMAN
ALLEN, Mr. ED HERON, Science of the Hand (new).
ARMSTRONG, WM. JACKSON
BASSETT, R., "A Pek-in-China." (new.)
BEECHER, REV. HENRY WARD
BLACKBURN, HENRY. "Art In EveryDay Life." Illustrated.
BENJAMIN, Hon. W. G. S., "Persia." Illustrated.
BUNNER, H. C., (Editor of Puck.)
CABLE, MR. GEO. W.,
CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. ("Mark Twain")
CONE, Col. T. C. (of Georgia.)
CONWAY, MONCURE D.
DOREMUS, DR. OGDEN (Scientific)
DAUGHERTY, HON. DANIEL
INGERSOLL, EARNEST. "Railroading in the Rockies."
JOYCE, COL. JOHN A. Anvil Sparks.
MOWBRAY, ARTHUR H. (Illustrated).
NAST, THOMAS (If he Lectures).
NEWELL, WM. WELLS. "Pompei and Roman Life," and Michael Angelo.
RICHARDSON, LEANDER P.
STANLEY, HENRY M. The African explorer.
SCHURZ, HON. CARL
SCHWATKA, LIEUT. FRED'K, U.S.A.
SERVISS, MR. GARRETT P. (Astronomy.) Illustrated.
STEWART, JOE H. (of Texas.)
TALMAGE, REV. T. DEWITT
VON FINKELSTEIN, MISS L.
WOOD, DR. WALLACE, Italy and the Renaissance (new).
BROWN, MISS NELLA F. (Through the Redpath Lyceum Bureau, Boston.)
BLUME, MISS SETTIE
CALHOUN, MARGARET CUSTER
TAYLOR, MISS NETTIE.
WATSON, MRS. T CHARLES
WEBB, MRS. HARRIET
WILDER, MARSHALL P.
GLOSE, MR. AOLF
GILDER, MR. FRANK
KING, MADAME JULIA RIVE
SHERWOOD, WM. H.
TORBETT, MISS OLLIE
LANZER, MR. CARL
MUSIN, MONS. OVIEDE
BOSTON STAR CONCERT CO.
CLARA LOUISE KELLOGG CONCERT CO.
MISS OLLIE TORBETT CONCERT CO.
BELLE COLE CONCERT CO.
GILMORE'S 22d REGIMENT BAND
MEIGS SISTERS VOCAL QUARTETTE
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CLUB
RICHBERG QUARTETTE (String.).
TEMPLE QUARTETTE , Boston.
WEBER QUARTETTE , of Boston.
I am simply agent, without proprietory right in any of these entertainments, except Henry Ward Beecher's Lectures and Geo. W. Cable's Readings.
JAS. B. POND
All engagements made by this Agency are conditional upon the ability of the Artists or Lecturers to fulfill them. In case of detention by sickness, accident, or any legitimate or unavoidable cause, it is understood that there shall be no claim for damages, though a new date will always be given during the same season, if possible.1
Everett House, New York, Apr. 25th , 1887.
Walt Whitman, Esq.,
Camden, N. J.
Dear Mr. Whitman:—
How would you like to go to Boston about Tuesday, May 10th?4 That would be a good time. If this meets your approval let me know and I will fix the date.
I have had some very nice letters from Holmes, Norton, Grant, and others, expressing the wish that you will visit the "hub".
J. B. Pond
James Burton Pond (1838–1903) was a famous lecture-manager and printer. He was also awarded the Medal of Honor for his services in the Civil War. In his 1900 autobiography Eccentricities of Genius (G. W. Dillingham Co: New York), he writes about Whitman: "Walt Whitman gave a few readings under my management during his life. They were mostly testimonials from friends, and benefits given in the theatres of New York City"; he concludes with an anecdote about the poet's meeting with Sir Edwin Arnold (p. 497–501).
1. In addition to the printed letterhead, James B. Pond's letter also includes a printed notice at the bottom of the letter that reads: "I am now booking time for Mr. Henry George for next season. Associations desiring him will find it to their advantage to apply early. Please do not write letters on Postal Cards. They are liable to get overlooked.—J.B.P." [back]
2. 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). [back]
3. Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919), the prominent industrialist and admirer of Whitman, had donated twice to the support of the aged poet. [back]
4. Whitman's reply is not extant, but it appears he did not go to Boston that May. [back]