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Title: Walt Whitman to James Redpath and Charles Allen Thorndike Rice, 10 December 1885

Date: December 10, 1885

Whitman Archive ID: brn.00008

Source: John Hay Library, Brown University. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Notes for this letter were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented, updated, or created by Whitman Archive staff as appropriate.

Editorial notes: The annotation, "LA 1565," is in an unknown hand. The annotation, "ANSWERED. ALLEN THORNDIKE RICE," is in the hand of Charles Allen Thorndike Rice.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Kyle Barton, and Nicole Gray

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328 Mickle street
Camden New Jersey
Dec: 10 1885

Thank you my dear J R—& thank Mr Rice most heartily—for the copious & opportune supply of stationery sent me—It is just what I wanted—

Walt Whitman

Send proof of "Lincoln" article1

James Redpath (1833–1891), an antislavery activist, journalist, and longtime friend of Whitman, was the author of The Public Life of Capt. John Brown (Boston: Thayer and Eldridge, 1860), a correspondent for the New York Tribune during the war, and the originator of the "Lyceum" lectures. He met Whitman in Boston in 1860 and remained an enthusiastic admirer; see Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden (1906–1996), 9 vols., 3:459–461. He concluded his first letter to Whitman on June 25, 1860: "I love you, Walt! A conquering Brigade will ere long march to the music of your barbaric jawp." Redpath became editor of The North American Review in November 1886. See also Charles F. Horner, The Life of James Redpath and the Development of the Modern Lyceum (New York: Barse & Hopkins, 1926); John R. McKivigan, Forgotten Firebrand: James Redpath and the Making of Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008); and J.R. LeMaster, "Redpath, James [1833–1891]," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).

Charles Allen Thorndike Rice (1851–1889) purchased The North American Review in 1876 and was its publisher, editor, and overall proprietor until his death in 1889.


1. See the letter from Whitman to James Redpath of December 15, 1885[back]


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