Title: Walt Whitman to the Editor of the Critic, 17 June 1886
Date: June 17, 1886
Editorial note: The annotation, "See Critic Lounger July 3," is in an unknown hand.
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Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977).
Location: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Whitman Archive ID: loc.05961
Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Kyle Barton, and Nicole Gray
Camden N J
June 17 '86
I send you this note just rec'd—as you might possibly care to make an item from it—Please return it to me1
29 BEAVER STREET,
MAGEE BLOCK, WATER ST.,
SAINT. JOHN, N.B.
New York, June 14th 1886
Walt Whitman Esq
Trusting that the intelligence conveyed will plead for my presumption, I venture
to enclose you a few lines. At a sale of Autographs & Books a few days ago
the following prices were obtained.
"Autograph letter, Whitman, Walt, Poet," $80.00
Leaves of Grass 1st Edition 10.00
Which prices were the highest paid for any similar lots. Thinking you might not get the above information, I venture to enclose it.
with best wishes
W. I. Whiting
The editor of the Critic in 1886 was Jeannette Gilder (1849–1916), who wrote that "one of the things of which I am most proud is that the Critic was the first publication of its class to invite Walt Whitman to contribute to its pages" (see Charles N. Elliot, Walt Whitman as Man, Poet, and Friend , 97); she was assisted in her editorial tasks by her brother Joseph. For more about Gilder, see Susan L. Roberson, "Gilder, Jeannette L. (1849–1916)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).