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Title: Walt Whitman to Talcott Williams, 31 May 1887

Date: May 31, 1887

Whitman Archive ID: col.00011

Source: Moncure Daniel Conway Papers 1847–1907, Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, New York, N.Y. 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.

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328 Mickle Street1
Camden New Jersey
May 31 '87

My dear T W

Will you do something for me, in the Press office if not too much trouble? Get a certain MS of mine "A poet's 68th year" (3 or 4 pages) I sent ten days ago directed "W R Merrill manging editor &c," of which no notice has been taken & reënclose said MS to me here—

Yours as always
Walt Whitman

Come over & see me

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. Only the recto of the envelope is extant. This letter is addressed: Talcott Williams | office Press newspaper | cor: 7th & Chestnut | Philadelphia. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | May 31 | 10 AM | [illegible]. [back]


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