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Title: Percy W. Thompson to Walt Whitman, 13 June 1888

Date: June 13, 1888

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Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.04266

Contributors to digital file: Kirby Little, Stefan Schöberlein, Caterina Bernardini, and Stephanie Blalock



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U.S.S. "Dallas"
Portland, Maine.
June 13, 18881

Hon. Walt Whitman.
Dear Sir:

As a constant reader and ardent admirer of your poetry, will you kindly send me one of your autographs?

Very truly yours,
Percy W. Thompson, Lieut. U.S.R.N.


Correspondent:
Percy Wallace Thompson (1858–1935?) was born in Washington D.C., and he attended the Virginia Military Institute and Columbian (now George Washington) University. He was a graduate of the Revenue-Cutter Service Academy in 1881 and was the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Corwin during the Spanish-American War. He wrote articles on the Revenue-Cutter service and on maritime history for several publications, including Scribner's Magazine, the New York Sun, and the Boston Herald (Albert Nelson Marquis, ed., The Book of Chicagoans: A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the City of Chicago, Vol. 2 [Chicago: A.N. Marquis & Company, 1911], 669).

Notes:

1. Thompson enclosed blank sheet of stationery and a self-addressed stamped envelope with his request for Whitman's autograph. The envelope is addressed: Lieut. Percy W. Thompson, | U.S.S. "Dallas," | Portland, | Maine[back]


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