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Title: Walt Whitman to an Editor, 29 December 1864

Date: December 29, 1864

Whitman Archive ID: loc.000837

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 Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 1:245. 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, Kathryn Kruger, Vanessa Steinroetter, and Alyssa Olson

Dec 29 1864

Private note to Editor:1

Sir, I send you a communication which I hope you will publish for sake of the soldiers dying & suffering in Southern prisons—Would it be convenient also to say a few words editorially? I have taken the liberty to send you a few lines myself—if they are not acceptable, substitute something else—

Walt Whitman

122 Portland av near Myrtle Brooklyn


1. Whitman evidently sent "The Prisoners" to other newspapers in addition to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and the New York Times. Later in life he sometimes sent a communication to as many as twelve newspapers. [back]


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