In Whitman's Hand

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I do He does not expect to see myself
        in the present [three letters deleted, illegible] magazines,
        pulpits, reviews, schools, pulpits
        and legislatures—but presently
        I expect to see myself
        in magazines, schools, and
        legislatures—or that my friends
        after me will see me there,

The date of this manuscript is unknown, though it seems likely that it is from the 1870s based on the handwriting. In addition, in the 1870s, Whitman repeatedly complained about how he was treated by American magazines. He sometimes exaggerated his neglect, as in the third-person account "Walt Whitman's Actual American Position, West Jersey Press (January 26, 1876). He argued there that he had been all but banned from American magazines.
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We have not identified a direct relationship between this manuscript and any of Whitman's published writings, if any exists. The manuscript was first published in 1899 in Notes and Fragments, edited by Richard Maurice Bucke, one of Whitman's literary executors.
I do not expect to see myself  |  The Walt Whitman Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
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