Title: Lorenz Reich to Walt Whitman, 17 November 1885
Date: November 17, 1885
Editorial note: The annotation, "ans'd," 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.03555
Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Stefan Schöberlein, Ian Faith, and Stephanie Blalock
63 EAST 11TH STREET
Nov 17th 1885
Mr. Walt Whitman
Will you permit me to offer you, as emphasizing my appreciation of the melodies you have sung for the lovers of poesy, a golden fluid which symbolizes the health of pray that Providence will vouchsafe you for many years to come, as is this wine of Hungary to the lovers of nectar, so are your nuggets of imagery to the devotees of genius, and, in tendering it to you, I beg you will consider that its every drop distills something of the warm appreciation your exceptional creations have kindled in my breast. With assurances of fervent regard
Ever Yours Cordially
Lorenz Reich (1848–1931) was an importer of Hungarian wine in New York City. He made a practice of sending complimentary cases of wine to individuals he admired. The archive of letters of thanks at the New York Historical Society includes appreciative replies from Robert Browning, Samuel Clemens, Grover Cleveland, Ulysses S. Grant, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and John Greenleaf Whittier, among others.