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Title: Elmer B. Lane to Walt Whitman, 16 June 1888

Date: June 16, 1888

Related item: Whitman crossed out this letter from Lane and wrote notes regarding the printing of the Walter Scott (London) edition of Democratic Vistas, and Other Papers (1888) on the verso.

Source: Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05835

Contributors to digital file: Jeannette Schollaert, Ian Faith, Stefan Schöberlein, and Stephanie Blalock



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CHESTER T. LANE
Principal of High School
Fort Wayne, Ind.,
June 16 1888

Mr Walter Whitman:
Dear Sir,

Will you have the kindness to oblige a boy of eleven by writing your name on the enclosed card and mailing in the enclosed envelope?

Yours respectfully
Elmer B. Lane


Correspondent:
Little is known about Elmer B. Lane. He would go on to become the manager of a branch of a typewriter company in England. His father, Chester T. Lane, was a well-known educator who served as the principal of Fort Wayne High and Manual Training School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


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