Title: Walt Whitman to Charles A. Dana, 2 April 1882
Date: April 2, 1882
Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:272. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.
Location: According to Miller, this letter was in the private collection of Rollo G. Silver. The current location of the manuscript is unknown.
Whitman Archive ID: prc.00076
Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schoeberlein, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray
Camden New Jersey
April 2 '82
My dear Dana1
Yes I am willing you should make extracts—Enclosed (suggestions of the moment) two or three slips from new edition—
1. Charles A. Dana (1819–1897) was the editor of the New York Sun (see the letter from Whitman to Robert Carter of May 7, 1875). In The Household Book of Poetry (1882) Dana included six poems from Leaves of Grass: "Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night," "A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim," "Great Are the Myths," "The Mystic Trumpeter," and excerpts from "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" and "Song of Myself" (section 35). [back]