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Title: Henry M. Alden to Walt Whitman, 24 May 1881

Date: May 24, 1881

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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.05850

Contributors to digital file: Natalie O'Neal, Alex Kinnaman, and Nicole Gray



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May 24, 18811

My dear Mr. Whitman,

It is always with regret that I return a poem of yours, but I am obliged to send back the enclosed, because its real meaning would escape the minds of most readers.

With thanks, sincerely yours
H. M. Alden
Ed Harper's Maga


Notes:

1. This letter was crossed out and repurposed by Whitman. On the back he wrote a series of prose notes. [back]


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