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Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to Samuel Clemens, 14 June 1887

Date: June 14, 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), 4:101. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: Walt Whitman Collection, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Whitman Archive ID: ucb.00961

Contributors to digital file: Alex Ashland, Stefan Schöberlein, Kevin McMullen, and Stephanie Blalock




328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey1
June 14 '87

Dear S E C

I wish to send you my special deep-felt personal thanks for your kindness & generosity to me—


Walt Whitman


Correspondent:
Samuel Clemens (1835–1910), better know by his pen name, Mark Twain, had attended Whitman's New York lecture in April. He also contributed to Thomas Donaldson's fund for the purchase of a horse and buggy for Whitman (see Whitman's September 22, 1885 letter [note 4]), as well as to the fund to build Whitman a private cottage (see Whitman's October 7, 1887 letter to Sylvester Baxter). Twain was reported in the Boston Herald of May 24, 1887 to have said: "What we want to do is to make the splendid old soul comfortable" (Clara Barrus, Whitman and Burroughs: Comrades [1931], 268).

Notes:

1. This letter is addressed: Samuel E. Clemens | (Mark Twain) | Hartford | Conn:. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Jun 14 | 10 AM | 87. [back]


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