Life & Letters

Correspondence

About this Item

Title: Walt Whitman to George W. Childs, 3 January 1886

Date: January 3, 1886

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:15. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: The current location of this manuscript is unknown.

Whitman Archive ID: med.00719

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Kyle Barton, and Nicole Gray




328 Mickle Street, Camden, New Jersey,
Jan. 3, 1886

Thanks for the $50, which has reached me safely.1


Walt Whitman


Correspondent:
George W. Childs was the co-owner of the Philadelphia Public Ledger.

Notes:

1. On January 1, Whitman received $50 from George W. Childs, co-owner of the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Whitman's Commonplace Book, and see Whitman's letter to Childs of December 12, 1878). He had received a similar amount on January 13, 1885 (Whitman's Commonplace Book). In "Personal Recollections of Walt Whitman," Scribner's Magazine, 65 (1919), 685, William R. Thayer, in discussing Whitman's slyness in money matters, stated that for the last six or eight years of the poet's life Childs and Horace Howard Furness subscribed "an annual sum," and paid a young man to act as his driver and valet. [back]


Comments?

Published Works | In Whitman's Hand | Life & Letters | Commentary | Resources | Pictures & Sound

Support the Archive | About the Archive

Distributed under a Creative Commons License. Ed Folsom & Kenneth M. Price, editors.