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Title: Walt Whitman to Hezekiah Butterworth, 2 January 1891

Date: January 2, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01191

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, "Whitman | Poet | Mr. Hezekiah Butterworth | ed of Youth's Companion," is in an unknown hand.

Contributors to digital file: Cristin Noonan, Amanda J. Axley, Marie Ernster, and Stephanie Blalock

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Jan: 2 '91

Dear Mr B—

Can you use this in the Companion1?—The price is $8 and a dozen numbers of the paper containing it2—And I reserve the right of printing in future book—

Very respectfully
Walt Whitman

328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey

Hezekiah Butterworth (1839–1905) was an American author, educator, and poet. From 1870 to 1894, he was on the staff of the Youth's Companion, a magazine he had frequently contributed to prior to his employment. He is the author of more than seventy books, including The Story of the Hymns (New York: American Tract Society, 1875), Young Folk's History of Boston (Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1881), and the Zigzag Journeys, a series of seventeen travelogue adventures published by Estes and Lauriat. For more information, see Butterworth's obituary, "Hezekiah Butterworth Dead" in the Fall River Globe (September 6 1905), 2.


1. 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[back]

2. Whitman is likely referring to his poem "Ship Ahoy!," which was published in the Youth's Companion on March 12, 1891.  [back]


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