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Title: Walt Whitman to William J. Stillman, 24 October [1876]

Date: October 24, 1876

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 2:63. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: Stillman Letters, Union College

Whitman Archive ID: uco.00001

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Ashley Lawson, Zachary King, and Eric Conrad




Camden New Jersey
U S America
Oct 241

I send you2 to-day to same address as this card my Vol. Two Rivulets—Please notify me, by postal card will do, soon as it reaches you safely—



Notes:

1. This letter's envelope bears the address, "W J Stillman | St Helen's Cottage | Ventnor | England." It is postmarked, "Camden | (?)| 2(?)| N.J.; Ventnor | (?)| No 6 | (?) 6."

Stillman (1828–1901), an American painter and art critic, visited Walt Whitman in Washington in December 1869, and wrote to his friend William Michael Rossetti of Whitman's "remarkable personal qualities"; see Rossetti Papers, 492, and Horace Traubel, ed., With Walt Whitman in Camden (1906–1996), 1:380–381. An intimate of Ruskin and Turner, he was in the diplomatic service from 1862 to 1868 and a correspondent for the London Times from 1875 to 1898. An entry in Whitman's Commonplace Book corroborates the date (Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.).  [back]

2. William James Stillman (1828–1901), an American painter and art critic, visited Walt Whitman in Washington in December 1869, and wrote to his friend William Michael Rossetti of Walt Whitman's "remarkable personal qualities"; see Rossetti Papers, 492, and Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden [1906–1996], 1:380–381. An intimate of John Ruskin and Joseph M. W. Turner, Stillman was in the diplomatic service from 1862 to 1868 and worked as a correspondent for the London Times from 1875 to 1898. An entry in Whitman's Commonplace Book corroborates the date. [back]


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