Title: Whitelaw Reid to Walt Whitman, 17 July 
Date: July 17, 1878
Related items: Whitman cut this letter into pieces, pasted it together with several other letters, and used it as the foundation for a draft of "You tides with ceaseless swell," written on the back.
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Location: Walt Whitman House, Camden, N.J.
Whitman Archive ID: wwh.00025
Contributors to digital file: Alex Kinnaman, Nicole Gray, and Kenneth M. Price
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[illegible] best wishes
Very truly yours
[illegible] [Whitm]an, Esq
[C]amden, N. J.
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.