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Title: William H. Neidlinger to Walt Whitman, 22 December 1891

Date: December 22, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00722

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 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.

Editorial note: The annotation, "see notes Dec 22 1891," is in the hand of Horace Traubel.

Contributors to digital file: Cristin Noonan, Brandon James O'Neil, Breanna Himschoot, and Stephanie Blalock



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Form No. 1.
THE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY.
This Company TRANSMITS and DELIVERS messages only on conditions limiting its liability, which have been assented to by the sender of the following message.
Errors can be guarded against only by repeating a message back to the sending station for comparison, and the Company will not hold itself liable for errors or delays in transmission or delivery of Unrepeated Messages, beyond the amount of tolls paid thereon, nor in any case where the claim is not presented in writing within sixty days after the message is filed with the Company for transmission.
This is an UNREPEATED MESSAGE, and is delivered by request of the sender, under the conditions named above.
THOS. T. ECKERT, General Manager.
NORVIN GREEN, President
131 PM
NUMBER 10 Ny | SENT BY ML | REC'D BY Cu | 45 Pd CHECK
RECEIVED at 321 FEDERAL ST.
12/22 1891
Dated Brooklyn NY 22
To Walt Whitman Camden1

Dear Walt

Your great loving teaching has lightened many burdens & thousands so helped by you send now their grateful love hoping that it may make the burden of your illness lighter, Whitman Can "never die yet," we need your personal presence, God spare you.


W H Neidlinger


Correspondent:
William Harold Neidlinger (1863–1924) was a composer, vocal instructor, and organist. In the early 1890s, Neidlinger taught at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences before leaving in 1898 to study abroad in London and Paris. He is the compiler of two song collections for children, Small Songs for Small Singers (1896) and Songs of the Camp Fire Girls of America (1912). His 1920 composition, "Memories of Lincoln," set to music three Whitman poems: "Beat! Beat! Drums!"; "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd"; and "O Captain! My Captain!" For more information, see Victoria Etnier Villamil, A Singer's Guide to American Art Song 1870–1980 (Oxford: Scarecrow Press, 1993), 276.

Notes:

1. This envelope is addressed: Walt Whitman | 328 Mickle. It includes the following printed information: Form 116. | Western Union Telegraph [illegible] | Pay no Charges to Messenger unless written in Ink in Delivery Boo [illegible] | No. 10 | Walt Whitman | 328 Mickle | Charges, Pd. The verso of the envelope includes the following printed information: NIGHT MESSAGES AT REDUCED RATES. | MONEY ORDERS BY TELEGRAPH. [back]


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