Title: do nothing but lose from
Creator: Walt Whitman
Date: Between 1850 and 1860
Whitman Archive ID: yal.00457
Source: Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Transcribed from digital images of the original. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.
Editorial note: As this brief scrap of prose deals with the spread of slavery, it most likely dates from the 1850s.
Related item: This cancelled prose note is written on the back of two pasted-together manuscript scraps. See yal.00441.
Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Nicole Gray, Janel Cayer, Kenneth M. Price, and Kevin McMullen
[cut away] do nothing but lose from the spread of slavery;—[cut away] can get nothing but gain from the spread of its opposite, free institutions.—