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Correspondence

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Title: Walt Whitman to Unidentified Correspondent, [6 May 1887]

Date: May 6, 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), 4:91–92. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Whitman Archive ID: yal.00468

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



You must excuse the liberty I take in introducing the young man who will hand you this—a conductor on the W P City R R & a particular friend of mine—who will explain the reason of his call. Pray listen to what he has to say.1


Correspondent:
As yet we have no information about this correspondent.

Notes:

1. This draft letter appears in a notebook at Yale with the following also in Whitman's hand: "Sir | Feeling that I am competent & determined to give satisfaction I hereby apply for an appointment under you on the road | W H Duckett | May 6 '87." Undoubtedly Duckett, Whitman's young Camden driver, was expected to make a copy of the letter. [back]


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