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
H. M. Alden.
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.