Title: Whitelaw Reid to Walt Whitman, 18 November 1878
Date: November 18, 1878
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Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Whitman Archive ID: rut.00026
Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Nima Najafi Kianfar, Eder Jaramillo, and Nicole Gray
Nov 18 1878
My Dear Whitman:
I am sorry that the pay for that Gathering the Corn article was overlooked.2 Thanks for your reminder of the 27th. I hasten to enclose it.
With best wishes,
Very truly yours,
Walt Whitman, Esq
1. Whitman crossed out this letter and wrote a series of manuscript notes about Tennyson on the back of it. [back]
2. Whitelaw Reid (1837–1912) was the editor of the New York Tribune from 1872 to 1905 and later American ambassador to France (1889–1892) and England (1905–1912). He met Whitman in the hospitals during the Civil War. Of his relations with the poet, Reid later observed: "No one could fail then [during the War] to admire his zeal and devotion, and I am afraid that at first my regard was for his character rather than his poetry. It was not till long after 'The Leaves of Grass' period that his great verses on the death of Lincoln conquered me completely." See Charles N. Elliot, Walt Whitman as Man, Poet and Friend (Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1915), 213, and Studies in Bibliography, ed. Fredson Bowers (Charlottesville, VA: Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, 1956), 8:242–249. [back]