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Title: William H. Ballou to Walt Whitman, 18 June 1888

Date: June 18, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01089

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.

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June 18 1888

My dear Mr. Whitman:—

I read with sorrow of your severe illness and beg to offer my sympathy. I have written to the President recommending a special pension for you and propose to demand it of Congress through the press. I am also preparing an article of reminiscences which will soon be published. With hopes for your complete recovery, love, and veneration, I am

Yours most sincerely
Wm Hosen Ballou

William H. Ballou (1857–1937) was a journalist and natural scientist who falsely reported in the Cleveland Leader and Herald in 1885 that Whitman was about to go to England to visit Tennyson; he conducted two interviews with the poet in 1885 and 1886. See Ballou's interview with Whitman of June 28, 1885 for the Leader and Herald and his interview with Whitman of June 12, 1886 for the Chicago Daily Tribune.


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