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Title: Walt Whitman to Talcott Williams, 9 October 1884

Date: October 9, 1884

Whitman Archive ID: col.00010

Source: Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, New York. 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 created by Whitman Archive staff and/or were derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller, 6 vols. (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), and supplemented or updated by Whitman Archive staff.

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Thursday P M
Oct: 9 '84

My dear Williams

I leave you this in hopes you can use it in to-morrow's paper—(as the Red Jacket affair has come off to-day at Buffalo.)—I should like $5 for it.

I am well as usual—only very lame—

Walt Whitman

Have the proof read carefully by copy1

Talcott Williams (1849–1928) was associated with the New York Sun and World as well as the Springfield Republican before he became the editor of the Philadelphia Press in 1879. His newspaper vigorously defended Whitman in news articles and editorials after the Boston censorship of 1882. For more information about Williams, see Philip W. Leon, "Williams, Talcott (1849–1928)," Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, ed. J.R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998).


1. "Red Jacket (from Aloft)," commemorating the reburial of the old Iroquois warrior on October 9 at Buffalo, appeared on the following day in the Philadelphia Press[back]


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