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Title: William Carey to Walt Whitman, 18 June 1889

Date: June 18, 1889

Whitman Archive ID: loc.01223

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 notes: The annotations, "see notes June 19 1889," and "I wrote to W.C. 6/20/89," are in the hand of Horace Traubel.

Contributors to digital file: Blake Bronson-Bartlett, Alex Ashland, Ian Faith, and Stephanie Blalock

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The Century•Magazine
Union•Square•New York
New York
Walt Whitman Esq
Camden N.J.1

My dear Mr. Whitman:

Your postal2 has just come & I write to ask you for particulars before making the request of Mr. Cox.3

Will you kindly let me know who it is wants the negative & for what purpose.

I was sorry not to be able to grasp your hand on your birthday

Yours very truly,
William Carey

William Carey (1858–1901) worked for the editorial department of The Century Magazine. The September 1887 issue of the monthly advertised signed photographs of Whitman (taken by George C. Cox earlier that summer). See also Whitman's letter to Cox of September 15, 1887.


1. This letter is addressed: Walt Whitman | Camden | 328 Mickle St NJ; New York | Jun 18 | 12 [illegible]M | D; NY | 6–18–89 | 1 PM | 2; Camden, N.J. | Jun | 19 | 6 AM | 1889 | Rec'd. [back]

2. See Whitman's June 17, 1889, postal card to Carey. [back]

3. George C. Cox (1851–1903) was a well-known celebrity photographer who had taken multiple photographs of Whitman in April, 1887, including the image known as "The Laughing Philosopher." [back]


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