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Title: Walt Whitman to Hiram Corson, 13 April 1886

Date: April 13, 1886

Whitman Archive ID: cor.00001

Source: Cornell 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 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.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein, Ian Faith, and Kyle Barton

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328 Mickle street
Camden New Jersey
April 13 '86

My Dear Prof: Carson

Yours rec'd1—The copy of John Burroughs's Notes2 I send to you by same mail with this.—The price is $1 which you may just enclose in envelope & mail to me here—I too enjoy'd the young man's Woodruff's visit to me & talk3—& hoped to have seen you—I am ab't the same in health &c—(nothing at all to brag of)—I read publicly my Death of Abraham Lincoln next Thursday in Phila:

Walt Whitman

Hiram Corson (1828–1911) was a scholar of English literature from Philadelphia, where he taught at Girard College. While his studies focused mainly on canonical British texts (Shakespeare, Chaucer, etc.), Corson would also give public readings of Whitman's verse.


1. See Corson's letter to Whitman on March 26[back]

2. Burroughs's Notes on Walt Whitman as Poet and Person was published in 1867. [back]

3. Edwin H. Woodruff (1863–1941), then a member of the staff of the Cornell University Library, was introduced to the poet by Hiram Corson in a letter of March 26, 1886. Two days later he was in Camden (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). Earlier, on June 4, 1882, Woodruff had sent Whitman a poem written under his influence and printed in the Cornell Era. Later Woodruff became a professor of law and was dean of the Cornell Law School from 1916 to 1921. See Cornell University, Faculty. Necrology of the Faculty, 1941–1942, 5–7. [back]


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