Title: Mrs. J. C. Croly to Walt Whitman, 2 May 1882
Date: May 2, 1882
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Location: The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1842–1937, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.05753
Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Nicole Gray, Kenneth M. Price, and Brett Barney
Mr. Walter Whitman
The Publisher and senior Editor of Demorest's Illustrated Magazine requests me to ask you for a Poem of sixty lines from your pen for which he offers fifty dollars.
It is for an Anniversary number, and must be sent before the fifteenth of May.
Any social or retrospective topic
Mrs J. C. Croly
1. This letter was crossed out and repurposed by Whitman. On the back he drafted some lines that would end up in the article titled "Walt Whitman in Camden" and attributed to George Selwyn (The Critic 3 [28 February 1885], 97–98). [back]