Life & Letters

Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to William Livingston Alden, 10 August 1867

Date: August 10, 1867

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Ted Genoways (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004), 7:27. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: The location of this manuscript is unknown.

Whitman Archive ID: prc.00091

Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Jonathan Y. Cheng, Elizabeth Lorang, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Nicole Gray, and Kenneth M. Price




Washington, D.C.,
10 August 1867.

W. L. Alden.
My dear Sir:

Your note has been received.1—Accept—for yourself, the Citizen, & Gen. Halpine2—My sincere thanks for your kindness. I fully appreciate it.

As I have not at my control, at this moment, any bound copies of Leaves of Grass, would you allow me to send you a copy in paper I forward it by same mail with this.3

I send best remembrances to the General.


Walt Whitman


Correspondent:
William Livingston Alden (1837–1908) was associate editor of the New York Citizen.

Notes:

1. Alden wrote Whitman on August 9, 1867, to inform him that "Citizen Rosetti's article" would appear in the Citizen the following day (Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden [1906–1996], 9 vols., 3:259). No copies of the Citizen prior to 1869 have survived, but Whitman appears to have read and enjoyed the article. [back]

2. Charles G. Halpine (1829–1868) was a journalist, soldier, and politician. He joined the 69th New York Regiment at the outbreak of the war and was brevetted brigadier general for gallantry. Known as a humorist and author, under the pseudonym Pvt. Miles O'Reilley, Halpine was also a well-known journalist who wrote for the New York Herald, and later became editor of The Leader. It would appear that, in 1867, Halpine was writing for the Citizen[back]

3. This is in response to Alden's request for "a copy of your book—a thing which I don't possess." [back]


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