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Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to George Collins Cox, 15 September 1887

Date: September 15, 1887

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 4:123. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: The Museum of the City of New York

Whitman Archive ID: nym.00001

Contributors to digital file: Alex Ashland, Stefan Schöberlein, Caterina Bernardini, and Stephanie Blalock




328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey1
Sept 15 '87—Even'g—

The package of Photos. came this afternoon. I will sign & return them to-morrow or next day—All the propositions of Mr Carey & yourself are satisfactory2


Walt Whitman


Correspondent:
George Collins "G. C." Cox (1851–1903) was a well-known celebrity photographer who had taken photographs of Whitman when the poet was in New York for a lecture.

Notes:

1. This letter is addressed: G C Cox | Photographer | Broadway & 12th Street | New York City. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Sep 15 | 8 PM | 8 PM | 87; P.O. | 9-16 87 | 2 A | N.Y.  [back]

2. George Cox proposed selling signed copies of his photographs of Walt Whitman. However, when the September 1887 issue of Century appeared with an advertisement, Whitman still had not seen proofs, much less signed the photographs. He wrote John H. Johnston on September 1, 1887, "He advertises...to sell my photo, with autograph. The latter is forged, & the former illegal & unauthorized." The disagreement was quickly resolved, and Whitman signed photographs for Cox and returned them. [back]


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