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Title: Walt Whitman to the Editor of The Youth's Companion, 19 January 1891

Date: January 19, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: har.00061

Source: Manuscripts Department, Houghton Library, Harvard University. The transcription presented here is derived from The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 5:153. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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Received Camden
New Jersey,1
January 19 1891

Fifteen Dollars paid to me by Youth's Companion, Boston, for little poem Ship Ahoy. I reserve the right of printing in future book2

Walt Whitman

The Youth's Companion, a weekly magazine for families and children, was founded by Nathaniel Willis in 1827. During its more than one-hundred-year run, the magazine published contributions by Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. For more on the Youth's Companion, see Susan Belasco, Youth's Companion.


1. This letter is addressed: Youth's Companion | Boston | Mass:. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | Jan 20 | 8 PM | 91; Boston, Mass. | Jan 21 | 1—PM | 1891. [back]

2. The editors sent $15 on January 14, 1891. "Ship Ahoy!" was published in the magazine on March 12, 1891[back]


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