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Title: Walt Whitman to the Editor of the New York Sunday Courier, 16 January 1860

Date: January 16, 1860

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00755

Source: Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. The transcription presented here is derived from , The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 1:47. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, Vanessa Steinroetter, and Alyssa Olson

The price of the "Thoughts"1 is $10.

I reserve the right of using it in any future edition of my poems.

I suggest, if accepted, it be placed at the top of the 2d, 3d, or 4th column, first page.

If declined, please keep the MS. till I call. I will call Wednesday morning.

Walt Whitman
Jan. 16, '60.2


1. There are no extant copies of the New York Sunday Courier for 1860. "Thoughts" appeared in the third edition of Leaves of Grass, 408-411. [back]

2. Endorsed (by Walt Whitman): "Private note from Walt Whitman | To Editor Sunday Courier." [back]


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