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Title: Henry M. Alden to Walt Whitman, 12 May 1885

Date: May 12, 1885

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden (Boston: Small, Maynard, 1906), 1:61. 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.05931

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Stefan Schöberlein, Ian Faith, Kyle Barton, and Nicole Gray




Harper & Brothers' Editorial Rooms,
Franklin Square, New York,
May 12, 1885.

My dear Whitman,

I have your kind favor of the 11th with the enclosed poem—or series of poems, rather. It does not seem to me that Fancies at the Navesink will make a favorable impression upon our readers—though they might upon a select few. I must therefore return them.1

With thanks,
Sincerely yours,
H. M. Alden.


Correspondent:
Henry Mills Alden (1836–1919) was managing editor of Harper's Weekly from 1863 to 1869 and editor of Harper's Monthly Magazine from 1869 until his death.

Notes:

1. Whitman's letter to Alden appears to be lost. Whitman's poem-grouping "Fancies at Navesink" was published in The Nineteenth Century 18 (August 1885), 234–237. [back]


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