Title: Walt Whitman to Thomas G. Gentry, 11 February 1884
Date: February 11, 1884
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Ed Folsom, "The Mystical Ornithologist and the Iowa Tufthunter: Two Unpublished Whitman Letters and Some Identifications," Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, 1 (June 1983), 18–29. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: University of Iowa Special Collections and University Archives
Whitman Archive ID: med.00767
Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Stefan Schöberlein, and Nicole Gray
Camden New Jersey
Feb. 11 '84
I am entirely willing you should print the piece, as you request1—
Thomas Gentry (1843–1905) was an ornithologist from Philadelphia and had already published six books by the time he got into contact with Whitman. It appears that his turn to Whitman coincided with a growing alienation from his profession. For more on Gentry, see Ed Folsom, "The Mystical Ornithologist and the Iowa Tufthunter: Two Unpublished Whitman Letters and Some Identifications," Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 1:1 (1983), 18–29.