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Title: Walt Whitman to William Carey, 17 June 1889

Date: June 17, 1889

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01222

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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328 Mickle Street
Camden New Jersey1
June 17 '84

Will you (or Mr Cox2 the photographer he having copyright) loan for me to a NY party the negative plate of the photo head (with hat) I call "the laughing philosopher"— to "process" for me? Answer me here—

Walt Whitman

William Carey (1858–1901) worked for many years in a mission school for young men, and he was employed in the Editorial Department of The Century Magazine (William H. McElroy, "The Late William Carey," The New York Times [November 2, 1901], 27).


1. This postal card is addressed: Wm Carey | Century office Union Square | New York City. It is postmarked: Camden, N.J. | JUN 17 | 8 PM | 89; P.O.N.L. | 6-18-89 | 2-IA | D | 6-18-89 | 8A | N.Y. [back]

2. George C. Cox (1851–1903) was a well-known celebrity photographer who had taken multiple photographs of Whitman in April, 1887. The picture, entitled "The Laughing Philosopher," is reproduced in Specimen Days (1971), plate 174. [back]


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