Title: Frederick Locker-Lampson to Walt Whitman, 3 July 1880
Date: July 3, 1880
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Location: Charles Sixsmith Collection at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester
Whitman Archive ID: man.00036
Contributors to digital file: Eder Jaramillo, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Stefan Schöberlein, and Nicole Gray
25 Chesham Street
London S. W.
3 July 1880
My dear Friend
I write you one line to ask you if you can do me a little favour.1 I possess Walter Scott's poem of "Harold the Dauntless," in Walter Scott's own hand writing, & one or two leaves of the precious MS are unfortunately lost. A few of my friends, who are poets, have been pleased to do honour to themselves & to Scott, & they have Copied in the missing lines of the poem. Would you kindly write in one stanza of nine lines. I have marked the exact place where they are to come. A Tennyson, Longfellow, Emerson, Whittier, Holmes, Browning, & a few others, English & American Poets, have already written in their share, & the book is nearly complete. I wish I could send you the Volume, but I hardly dare trust it by post. So I send a leaf which when you, & three or four others, have written in the Contents, will be added to the Scott. MS.
Pardon me for troubling you on this rather absurd subject, & for asking you for this favour
Tennyson has been at Venice. & is now in Paris. I expect him in London early next week.
Believe me Affectionate Your Friend,
1. Frederick Locker-Lampson (1821–1895), an English poet, corresponded with Whitman in 1880. Locker-Lampson's daughter Eleanor married Lionel Tennyson, younger son of the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson. [back]