Title: Walt Whitman to Alexander Black, 12 May 1891
Date: May 12, 1891
Source: Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. 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.07066
Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein and Nicole Gray
From the Boston Eve'g Transcript, May 7, '91.—The Epictetus saying, as given by Walt Whitman in his own quite utterly dilapidated physical case, is, a "little spark of soul dragging a great lummux of corpse-body clumsily to and fro around."
Camden N J
Couldn't remember distinctly enough to authenticate the desk (the pict: hereby return'd as your note seems to involve)1—but I know I had a good time in the Times—& heartily send my best respects & love to the boys one & all now there—I send my last photo: Tack it up if you like on the wall you all most congregate.
Alexander Black (1859–1940) was the editor of the Brooklyn Times.
1. The image, reportedly showing Whitman's writing desk at the Brooklyn Times, was reproduced in Black's Time and Chance: Adventures With People and Print (New York: Farrar and Rinehart, 1937), 74. [back]