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