Title: Walt Whitman to Whitelaw Reid, 12 May 
Date: May 12, 1879
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1964), 3:153–154. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.04040
Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Grace Thomas, Eder Jaramillo, and Kevin McMullen
1309 Fifth av: near 86th street
Monday noon May 12
My dear Reid
If you put this in type perhaps you could send me a proof to-morrow Tuesday afternoon say by 2, (if convenient order it so, specifically)—It will make, I think, from 1½ to 1¾ columns—Can you use it in Wednesday's paper?1
I have another screed—Central Park jottings, &c2—which I think of offering you for Saturday's paper—I return to Camden in a few days—
1. "Real Summer Openings," which appeared in the New York Tribune on Saturday, May 17, 1879, described Whitman's trip to John Burroughs's home. See the letter from Whitman to Herbert Gilchrist of April 29, 1879. [back]
2. The piece was entitled "These May Afternoons" when it appeared in the Tribune on May 24, 1879. It discussed a visit to Central Park and to the "U.S. Minnesota." Much of the material later appeared in Specimen Days, ed. Floyd Stovall (New York: New York University Press, 1963), 196–202, 341–342. [back]