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Title: Thomas Jefferson Whitman to Walt Whitman, 31 May 1889

Date: May 31, 1889

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Thomas Jefferson Whitman, Dear Brother Walt: The Letters of Thomas Jefferson Whitman, ed. Dennis Berthold and Kenneth M. Price (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1984), 188. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: Location of original letter manuscript is unknown.

Whitman Archive ID: med.00300

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Kathryn Kruger, and April Lambert




St. Louis,
May 31, 18891

To Walt Whitman

Congratulations on reaching the seventy notch. Hope you will complete another score.


Notes:

1. Jeff sent Whitman this telegram on the occasion of the poet's seventieth birthday. Berthold and Price reprinted it from Camden's Compliment to Walt Whitman: May 31, 1889: Notes, Addresses, Letters, Telegrams, ed. Horace L. Traubel (Philadelphia: David McKay), 71. The telegram is the last known message between the brothers. [back]


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